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Romanesque Art

Code: 100560 ECTS Credits: 6
Degree Type Year Semester
2500239 Art History OB 3 1
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Daniel Rico Camps

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
spanish (spa)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


Anna Orriols Alsina



Objectives and Contextualisation

General introduction to Romanesque art


  • Critically analysing from the acquired knowledge a work of art in its many facets: formal values, iconographic significance, artistic techniques and procedures, elaboration process and reception mechanisms.
  • Developing critical thinking and reasoning and communicating them effectively both in your own and other languages.
  • Interpreting a work of art in the context in which it was developed and relating it with other forms of cultural expression.
  • Recognising the evolution of the artistic imagery from the antiquity to the contemporary visual culture.
  • Students must be capable of applying their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional way and they should have building arguments and problem resolution skills within their area of study.
  • Students must develop the necessary learning skills in order to undertake further training with a high degree of autonomy.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Accurately defining and explaining an artistic object with the specific language of art criticism.
  2. Analysing ideas about an artistic phenomenon in a given cultural context.
  3. Analysing the creators of an artistic phenomenon in a specific cultural context.
  4. Analysing the recipients of an artistic phenomenon in a specific cultural context.
  5. Applying the iconographic knowledge to the reading of artistic imagery.
  6. Connecting an artistic imagery with other cultural phenomena within its period.
  7. Distinguishing the elaboration techniques and processes of an artistic object.
  8. Efficiently presenting knowledge in oral and written form.
  9. Encouraging creativity and fomenting innovative ideas.
  10. Examining an artistic imagery and distinguishing its formal, iconographic and symbolic values.
  11. Explaining the reception mechanisms of a work of art.
  12. Identifying the artistic imagery, placing it into its cultural context.
  13. Identifying the main and secondary ideas and expressing them with linguistic correctness.
  14. Reconstructing the artistic outlook of a particular cultural context.
  15. Working in teams, respecting the other's points of view and designing collaboration strategies.


1. Discovery and invention of Romanesque art.
2. The awakening of Europe: 950-1150.
3. "A white robe of churches": novelty of Romanesque architecture.
4. The restauration of monumental sculpture: facades and historiated galleries.
5. The colors of Romanesque art. Forms and themes: walls, pavements, furniture, textils and books.
6. The Romanesque treasure. Sacred and profane: sumptuary arts.


Master classes, class discussions and seminars, compulsory readings, individual exercises.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Directed 120 4.8 3, 4, 2, 12, 5, 1, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 6
Type: Supervised      
Supervised 10 0.4 3, 4, 2, 12, 5, 1, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 6, 15
Type: Autonomous      
Autonomous 20 0.8 3, 4, 2, 12, 5, 1, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 6


First exam: themes 1-4

Second exam: themes 5-6

Readings control: articles 1-3


To pass the cours, the student must add a minimum of 50% of the total score.

The student who does not pass the course and has a minimum final grade of 3.5 may take an exame in which he will be examined of the suspenden part.

Students will receive the grade of "Not evaluable" as long as they have not submitted more than 30% of the evaluation activities.

At the time of each evaluation activity, the teacher will inform the students (Moodle) of the procedure and date of revision of the grades.

Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Control de lecturas 20% 0 0 3, 4, 2, 12, 5, 1, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 6, 8, 15
First Exam 50% 0 0 3, 4, 2, 12, 5, 1, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 6
Second exam 30% 0 0 3, 4, 2, 12, 5, 1, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 6, 15



1)  D. Rico, “La arquitectura románica: originalidad y génesis”, a M. Casas (ed.), La catedral de Salamanca. De fortis a magna,Salamanca, 2014, p. 215-232.

2) S. Moralejo, “Sobre la formación del estilo escultórico de Frómista y Jaca”, a Actas del XXIII Congreso Internacional de Historia del Arte (Granada, 1973), Granada, 1976-1978, vol. I, p. 427-434; també recollit a Patrimonio Artístico de Galicia y otros EstudiosHomenaje al Prof. Dr. Serafín Moralejo Álvarez, dir. Á. Franco, Santiago de Compostela, 2004, vol. I, p. 65-70.

3) M. Schapiro,“Sobre la actitud estética en el arte románico” (1947), Estudios sobre el románico, Madrid, 1984, p. 14-36.

4) A. Orriols, “Temes i intencions en la pintura mural de temps romànics”, a Magister Sancta Columba. La pintura romànica del mestre de Santa Coloma i la seva època, Andorra la Vella – Barcelona, 2003, p. 39-70.