HST380.16 Prehistoric Art and Its Symbology (at UAM)

Open only to students accepted to the special program Madrid Center & Liberal Arts in Spanish at UAM

Taught in Spanish. Topics include:

  • Theme 1. Introduction to Prehistoric Art. The concept of art and its evolution. Discovery of prehistoric art. Other artistic manifestations.
  • Theme 2. Paleolithic Art, support and distribution. The art furniture. Geography of Paleolithic art according to its supporters. Supporting material of furniture art. Themes, techniques and conventions.
  • Theme 3. Wall and cave art. Techniques and themes. The techniques for wall and cave art. Thematic groups. Conventions and aspects that compose it.
  • Theme 4. Chronology and interpretation of Paleolithic art. Systems for dating and artistic cycles. The origins of art and its evolution during the Paleolithic. Interpretations.
  • Theme 5. The great combinations of Paleolithic Art. Principal combinations of parietal art, cave and furniture in Europe. Paleolithic art in other continents: Africa, Asia, Australia, America.
  • Theme 6. Tardiglaciar art and the beginnings of the Holocene. From tardiglaciar art to the epipaleolithic: V style and aziliense art. Other European combinations in the Near East.
  • Theme 7. Macro-schematic art and Levantine art. Distribution and combination. Levantine and macro-schematic art, concept and principal combinations. The development of macro-schematic art and its chronology: cave and vascular art.
  • Theme 8. Levantine art. Techniques and themes. Chronology. Techniques and themes, scenes and compositional aspects. The chronological discussion and its relationship with economic, social and territorial aspects. The art of North Africa and the Sahara.
  • Theme 9. Schematic art. Techniques, themes and styles. Concept of schematic art. Paint and graven. Principal themes and its variations.
  • Theme 10. Chronologies and principal schematic art groups in Europe. Geographic distribution and chronology of schematic art. Furnishing art.
  • Theme 11. Megalithic art: cave, furnishing and vascular art. The birth of architecture. Concept of megalithic art. Techniques, thematic motives and principal supporters. Architectonic combination: megalithic and temples. Geographic distribution and chronology.
  • Theme 12. The art of the Atlantic world. Wall art from Scandinavia and the Canaries.
  • Theme 13. Towards the complex societies of the first millennium. The trail of the final Bronze and its context. Other artistic combinations
    Theme 14. Conservation of prehistoric art and its placement as patrimonial value. Prehistoric artistic patrimony. Furnished and unfurnished property. Its conservation, documentation and diffusion. Prehistoric art in museums.

(16904, Arte Prehistórico y Su Simbología)

Department: History

Location: Liberal Arts at UAM

Credits: 3