Networks and artistic transfers in Southern Europe (1870-1918) - 2nd semester


1. To understand the artistic production from the perspective of networks, contacts, circulation and cultural transfers;
2. To master the main theoretical and historiographical references that support this perspective and its associated debates (namely those steamming from post-colonial theory, from the turn down of Eurocentric narratives, and from the revision of concepts as artisitc influence, identity or periphery);
3. To know the artistic production from Southern Europe from the academies to the avant-garde based on the analysis of Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Greek examples;
4. To map and analyse networks and artistic transfers in Southern Europe;
5. To map and analyse networks and artistic transferes between Southern Europe and other parts of the globe (not only center and northen Europe, but also territories like the colonies and ex-colonies);
6. To ponder course contents over a written research essay.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Joana da Cunha Leal


Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





1. Art History in the Wake of the Global Turn (eds. A. D´Souza e J.H. Casid), Yale University Press, 2014
2. Barcelona and Modernity (eds. W.H. Robinson, J. Falgas e C. Bellon Lord), Yale University Press, 2006
3. Bozal, V., Arte del Siglo XX en España 1900-1939, Espasa Calpe, 1991
4. International Yearbook of Futurism Studies - vol 3 - Iberian Futurisms (ed. G. Berghaus), De Gruyter, 2013
5. Is Art History Global? (ed. J. Elkins), Routledge, 2007
6. Kaufmann, Th. DaCosta, Toward a Geography of Art, The University of Chicago Press, 2004
7. Mejias-Lopez, A. , The inverted Conquest, Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 2009
8. Nationalism and French Visual Culture, 1870-1914, (eds. J. Hargrove e N. McWilliam), National Gallery of Art, 2005
9. Revista de História da Arte - N. 10 Práticas da teoria (eds J. Cunha Leal e M. Pinto dos Santos), IHA, 2012
10. Rousseau, P., La aventura simultánea: Sonia e Robert Delaunay en Barcelona, Univ. Barcelona, 1995

Teaching method

Lectures given by the teachers, followed by the discussion of pre-appointed texts (an anthology is made available in FCSH digital platform). There will also be a final presentation and discussion in class of the research essay related to course contents written by each student (15-18 pags).

Evaluation method

The assessment of this course is therefore based on 2 elements:
1) seminar discussion on classes based on pre-appointed texts and presentation and discussion of the final essay (40%)
2) written research essay (60%)

Subject matter

1) Art history between the geography of art and post-colonial theory: the crisis of Eurocentric narratives and global art history;
2) The center-periphery debate and the paradoxical place of Southern Europe in it;
3) National art historiographies and the troublesome transnacional approaches to artistic networks and transfers;
4) Case studies:
a) History painting and the formation of national identities in the peripheries of the South: Portugal, the centenary celebrations and the British Ultimatum; Spain and the War of Cuban Independence; Italy and the Risorgimento; Greece and the Megali Idea (the great idea);
b) Transfers between the arts: late 19th and early 20th century visual culture and literature;
c) Southern European artistic networks: classicism and the cult of the Mediterranean;
d) Avant-garde transfers and displacements.