LIB 210 Group Mini-Presentations

The Mission: 

To work with a small group of your classmates to research a theme in Spanish Civilization and then to collectively organize an informal but well-structured class presentation of approximately 20 minutes in length for Monday, February 6th.  The presentation should include visual material.  You should highlight the life and work of your artist or the history of the Basques, but should also try to frame your topic within a larger context and try to use it as a window onto Spanish history and civilization more generally.

The Themes: 

El Greco (1541-1614)

Diego Velazquez (1599-1660)

Francisco Goya (1746-1828)

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

The Basques


The grade will be based upon a combination of your self-evaluation; your evaluation of your peers; and my evaluation of the presentation.  This project is worth 10% of the course grade.

Due Date

All groups should be ready to present on Monday, February 6th.

Possible Books of Interest In The NIC Library

Tomlinson, Janis A.  From El Greco To Goya: Painting In Spain, 1561-1828.  New York: H. N. Abrams, 1997.

Brown, Dale.  World Of Velazquez, 1599-1660.  New York: Time-Life Books, 1969.

Schickel, Richard.  World Of Goya, 1746-1828.  New York: Time-Life Books, 1968.

Wertenbaker, Lael Tucker.  World Of Picasso.  New York: Time-Life, 1967.

Picasso, Pablo.  Picasso's Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, And Sculpture: A Comprehensive Illustrated Catalogue, 1885-1973.  Alan Wofsy Fine Arts: 2016.

Baldassari, Anne.  Picasso: Love And War, 1935-1945.  New York: Flammarion, 2006.

Leymarie, Jean.  Picasso: The Artist Of The Century.  New York: Viking, 1972.

Possible Video And Audio Of Interest

Private Life Of A Masterpiece, BBC:  Episode 6, Francisco Goya -- The Third Of May 1808:

Simon Schama's Power Of Art, BBC:  Pablo Picasso:

"Song Of The Basques: A Poetic Exploration Of The Survival Of Indigenous Identity In Spain," 2014 (71 mins)  -- A documentary that can be accessed as free streaming through the Vancouver Island Public Regional Library.

"Basques Face The Future," Assignment, BBC World Service, September 25, 2016.

"Years After End Of ETA's Terror, Group Still Has Spaniards Divided," Focus, France 24, February 8, 2022.  (6 mins)  [The Basques]


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