Diego Velázquez, 'Old Woman Frying Eggs'


Spanish Golden Age: from the glories of Medieval Islam to a Golden Age

  • Begins: Wednesday 31 October 2018
    Until: Wednesday 28 November 2018
  • Brockway Room, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
  • Lecturer: Dr Jacqueline Cockburn

This course will unravel the extraordinary period of Spanish cultural history known as the Golden Age. It will start with a study of the exquisitely cultural Spain which had been conquered by the Moors in 711 and inhabited by them until the gradual pushback from the Christians which ended in 1492. The Catholic Kings, Ferdinand and Isabella, banished the Moors yet remnants of their culture survived and were preserved and emulated by new richer generations which found and conquered territories abroad. The Golden Age began at the same time as the Inquisition enforced its laws and the Catholic Church thrived. All this is visible in the architecture, painting and sculpture of the period.


Week 1. Moorish Spain: Architecture and History, Córdoba Mosque

Week 2. The Reconquest and start of the Golden Age

Week 3. A New Spain: El Greco in Toledo and Spanish Still Life Painting in the Golden Age

Week 4. The Dominance of the Church: Zurbarán, Ribera, Murillo and polychrome sculpture

Week 5. A Golden Painter: Velázquez in the Kitchen in Seville and at Court in Madrid


Dr Jacqueline Cockburn is a course director and lecturer at the V&A and also lectures at The Royal Academy, the Art Fund, Artscapades, the London Art History Society, The Arts Society and a number of private institutions. Jacqueline is Managing Director of Art and Culture Andalucía. She has recently published A Taste of Art, London (Unicorn Press, 2019).

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This event is fully booked. Members may apply for one of the limited number of waiting list places, but no payment should be made. If a place becomes available, the waiting list will be contacted in chronological order and payment will be requested at that time. Please contact the event organiser if in doubt.

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