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France & Spain: The Mind in the Cave – Art and Religion From the Paleolithic Era to Picasso

This course will explore the origins of art and religion by considering the productions of our Paleolithic forebears as well as the works of Antoni Gaudi and Pablo Picasso. Students will travel to the Rocamadour area and the Pech-Merle caves in France to view images and patterns drawn over 29,000 years ago. There will be a visit to the Grottes Prehistorique de Cougnac to view 30,000-year-old figurative drawings. The course then takes students to Barcelona, Spain, where they will tour the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, the Museu Picasso, as well as encounter works created by Gaudi. Students also journey to the Montserrat Mountain and Monastery, Catalonia’s most visited religious retreat.

*0.5 General Elective Credit

Projected Dates: May 9 – 19, 2019

Course Director: Glenn Barenthin, Instructor, Justice Studies