Today, our social sciences lesson has been very interesting. First of all we have sat down. Later Paqui has told us that she has checked some of our brochures. After that, Paqui has written a scheme about Renaissance art in the Iberian Peninsula. The scheme wasn't complete, that was our work, to complete ir while we were watching the presentation in the whiteboard.
There were three different parts in our sheme. The first one was architecture. We have seen that there are three different types of architecture. The first one is Plateresque, whose main feature was the imitation of the work of silversmiths, one important example is the Facade of the university of Salamanca.
The second style of architecture is Classicism, whose main feature was the use of clasical elements: columns, pediments... One example is the Palace of Charles V in Granada by Pedro Machuca.
And the third one is Herrerian, whose main features were sober, austere, proportionated buildings without decoration, like the Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial by Juan Herrera. Paqui has told us that our church is very similar to the Monastery of San Lorenzo.
The second part of our scheme was sculpture, whose main features were the influence by Michelangelo, religious themes and the use of different materials. Some examples of sculptors and works were: Juan de Juni with "The Burial of Christ" and Alonso de Berruguete with "The sacrifice of Isaac". And the last part of our scheme was painting. The main features of painting were the religious themes and El Greco was the most important artist with works like "The Burial of Count Orgaz" or "The Despoiling".
After we have completed our schemes, we have talked about the different works and artists of the Renaissance art, specially about El Greco and his works.
This is a picture of the famous painting of El Greco, "The Burial of Count Orgaz". I have chosen this painting because this year is the 400th anniversary of the death of this painter.
At the end of the class we have started to copy the second point: "The 16th Century in the Iberian Peninsula; the Hispanic Empire and the Hispanic Monarchy". And Paqui has given us some homework, to write the territories Charles I recieved when his parents and grandparents died.