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Class ARH - 4662 “Velazquez and the Golden Age” Title: “Bukery Venus” (Venus at Her mirror) Dimensions: 4’0” x 5’ 10” (1.22m x 1.77 mm), Year: 1645-1651, Media: Oil paint

The Golden Age in Spain has been characterized as an artistic and literary period that extended from the Renaissance to the Baroque. History has recorded it as the period that reached the greatest literary flourishing in Spain thus earning it the title of "The Golden Age." The invaluable developments that followed this esthetic movement triggered a relevant prestige in many Spanish people's lives that felt absorbed and totally part the new movement that was leading the 16th and the 17th centuries in Europe, by combining cultural and economic advances. On the other hand and from a historic and social point of view, it should be mentioned that this period was also marked by the Counter-Reformation of the Catholic Church, along with many religious movements aimed at reaffirming Christian beliefs. From the point of view of culture, art and literature were leading the years of the Golden Age; as a result, the Hispanic letters, along with other writings published during this period have to endure contributions to the Universal Literature. The blooming of the Golden Age brought the glory to Spain in terms of artistic developments, where beautiful and unique writings, such as prose, poetry, and drama plays were taking the leadership up front. Especially the plays became characterized as a concentric and constant diffusion of humanism and Christianity beliefs. Due to the new flow of Christianity faith, almost all the art that was created during these two centuries serve religious beliefs. Some of the best known names were Fray Luis de Leon, St. Teresa of Jesus, and St. Juan of the Croix. Their writings would highlight the presence of God using a very allegoric way. There were other types of publications,…...

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