19th Century Madrilenian school of Romanticism

In this class, we will learn about the Madrilenian School of Romanticism who followed a style originated by Francisco Goya.

Instructor: Karla Ingleton Darocas, Hons. B.A. Fine Arts

These artists looked around their Madrid barrios for inspiration. What they saw was a society in extreme poverty. Spain was now a country with great social and cultural differences, marked by cruelty, withering and prejudice. They disavowed the ideals of beauty that had prevailed over the years and depicted their scenes in sombre, earthy colours. 

The "beautiful" was replaced by the "sublime" in the Romantic ideal and narrative painting depicted episodes endowed with extreme nobility, elegance and seriousness.

Unlike the Andalusian style, which captured the identification of a particular place with a striking monument or square shapes to represent the city, this tendency is not evident in the Romantic painters of Madrid, who focused more on people than on the relationship between people and the city.

The Madrilenian scenes are full of expressiveness and immediacy and show us an everyday Madrid. Unlike the Andalusian school, which is friendlier and more colourful, the Madrilenian school gives us a true and realistic picture of the popular classes of the first half of the 19th century.

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