The history of Barcelona spans from the third century BC to the present. Its architectural monuments date from the Gothic period; however, its most defining architecture dates from 1850. This course will examine the architectural and urban history of the city with a strong focus on its most distinctive contribution, the architecture of El Modernisme, a period roughly from 1860 to the Spanish Civil War in 1936. The most well-known architect of this period was Antoni Gaudi, but he had very accomplished contemporaries, and we will look at the rich architecture of that period in detail. As we appreciate the exuberance, color, and magic of the cityscape, we will come to understand why the late Robert Hughes called Barcelona “the Enchantress.” Lecture (plus Questions)
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