Art History

The subject of Art history will examine the works of art produced by different authors over time, motivating the observation of the distinctive and influential characteristics of each period. The courses will mostly began in the eighteenth century and will advance to the twentieth century through the works of artists who stand out for having revolutionised art at a specific time in history.

We will not limit ourselves to describing the works of art and identifying the features that are common to them within the same historical period, but we will explain the different works and interpret them through analysis. The aim is therefore to define art and artistic works as a valid formula for all, since artistic phenomena are constantly changing.


  • Have a deep understanding of the subjects related to art from the Renaissance to the 20th century through its creators and become familiar with the artistic languages of each period.
  • Obtain a critical awareness of the socio-cultural context of each epoch and its consequences in the history of art.
  • Reflect and adopt a critical attitude to the changes that have occurred in Art since the eighteenth century to the present.


The methodology includes theoretical classes as well as practical sessions [conferences, visits to museums, exhibitions, etc.].


  1. The birth of Art and Humanity. First naturalistic images of hunters and collectors.
  2. Neolithic art. Tendencies toward abstraction.
  3. The oldest civilisations. Egyptian and Mesopotamian contributions.
  4. Greek art and Classicism. Canon and prestige in the western tradition.
  5. Roman art: between local realism and Greek idealism.
  6. Primitive Christian art and Byzantine art.
  7. Romanic art. The foundation of European christian civilisation.
  8. Gothic art. An Art of the citizens.
  9. The example of Giotto.
  10. A new style in Netherlands: Van Eyck and the Flanders school.
  11. Renaissance in Italy: from Masaccio to Leonardo.
  12. Michelangelo and Mannerism.
  13. Advances in treatment of light and realistic devices. Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer.
  14. The example of Velazquez.
  15. XVIII century. Rococo and Neoclassic art.
  16. Romantic art. The rise of Subjectivism.
  17. Landscape painting in 17th and 18th century.
  18. Realism in the mid-19th century.
  19. The revolution of light, atmosphere and colour. The painters of the Modern life.
  20. The influence of Japanese woodcut engravers (Ukiyo-e).
  21. Divisionism and Symbolism of colour. Paul Gauguin.
  22. Van Gogh as the pioneer of expressionism. The discovery of rhythm in drawing and painting.
  23. Cézanne. The reconstruction of form and structure.
  24. Fauvism.
  25. Expressionism.
  26. Picasso: The total artist of the Twentieth Century.
  27. Italian Futurism.
  28. Russian Avant-Gardes.
  29. Dada and Surrealism. Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí.
  30. Abstract Expressionism. Action painting.
  31. Realistic styles in the 20th century.
  32. Visit to the Modern halls of MNAC.



Fall, Winter and Spring Term


Fridays from 11:30 to 13:00




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Jordi Gonzàlez Llàcer

Jordi Gonzàlez Llàcer

Historia del Arte

285/1 periodo

3 meses
Reservar plaza

  • 16,5 hours

570/2 periodos

6 meses
Reservar plaza

  • 33 hours


Registrations are open all year, and we admit new students at the beginning of each term. Depending on the trimestre in which the students wish to join, there are different closing dates for registration. The minimum enrolment time is always one term, and from there, each student can renew their registration for one or more terms. Students can pursue their studies on a continuous basis, or choose to space their registrations.


  • Students may join at the beginning of a term [October-January-March]. See school calendar.
  • Applications will only be accepted online [form available at the bottom of this section, and in the upper left margin of the course page] or by filling out the form in the Academy itself.
  • The estimated response time of the Admissions Department is between 2 and 15 days.
  • For the admission process, all applications received before the end date will be taken into account, even if the student has not received an immediate response after the application was sent. Applications received after the deadline will be placed in the waiting list for the requested trimestre.
  • In the eventuality that there is no free places in the requested trimestre, the application will automatically be moved to the next term.
  • Due dates for submitting applications:

Fall term: July 10
Winter term: November 30
Spring term: February 28

Payment system

  • All payments are to be made by bank transfer to the account number specified in the confirmation email.
  • Once the student is admitted, you will be asked to confirm the booking through the payment of a non-refundable deposit. The non-refundable deposit corresponds to 10% of the total of the course.
  • The rest of the enrolment must be paid within the dates specified in the confirmation email at the rate of one payment per trimestre, and always in advance. In case of not paying the non-refundable deposit, the place will be automatically available for another student.
  • Students may request a refund (except the amount of the non-refundable deposit) that will be resolved in accordance with the school’s internal policy.
  • Any change applied once the student’s place is confirmed will involve the payment of an administrative fee.
  • Long periods of unjustified absence do not entail the reimbursement of the amount of the course.

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