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Art at the Court of Madrid 1500-1700

Our Art at the Court of Madrid 1500-1700 short course focuses on the role of art at the courts of Philip II and Philip IV and the religious and political background to this art. We will explore the idea of the 'court' (as a social and a physical entity) in relation to the city and external locations, such as religious foundations and a hunting lodge. Focusing on artists like Titian, El Greco and Velázquez, we will consider the role of painters in shaping the court art of Madrid. We will also study the place of 'lesser' genres like still life and religious sculpture as well as other sites with court connections across Madrid.

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Tue 27-Apr-21 6pm-8pm

Class code ARVC251H4AAA