HAA 56G - Spanish Golden Age Painting: Truth and Deceit





Felipe Pereda

Monday & Wednesday, 1:30pm - 2:45pm

The art of the Spanish Golden Age is well known for its radical naturalism, on the one hand, and its intense religious imagery, on the other. This course will be an introduction to the major artists of this period –Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán and others— from the point of view of painting’s power to produce visual illusions and deceive their spectators. Consequently, the course will consider artistic tropes of illusion and disillusionment in relation to early modern debates on belief and skepticism.