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Dr Lopez Beriso knows the subject cold and presents it with intelligence, clarity, and passion. Utterly compelling - and the best account of the bombing I've seen or read. Highly, highly recommended.
My family used Context in the past for various trips to Europe. They have always been excellent so I decided to the virtual presentation a try. I have been to Madrid and used Context for our tour of El Prado, but we did Guernica on our own, so I thought this would round out my experience. It did not disappoint. Dr. Lopez Beriso truly knows the material down to its core. This felt truly like a high level masters course in art history. I have a background it art and art history so this was right up my alley. However, even with my knowledge there were so many things I did not know. We spent the first day simply on the history of Guernica the actual event, second day was the circumstances of Picasso creating the painting and the last day was a technical breakdown of the actual piece and Picasso's possible influences on the masterwork. I am a history buff also so I was really interested in all the background, some of which I did not know. The pictures used in the presentation were also ones I was not familiar with. Overall a very well done presentation by a true scholar.
This was an excellent and compelling course on Picasso's Guernica and the Spanish Civil War. We had visited Madrid in the spring of 2017 and had the opportunity to see Guernica at the Reina Sofia Museum. Dr. Beriso's well-structured, informative and intriguing course enabled us to appreciate the work much better and to understand the true horror surrounding the bombing of Guernica, understand the political environment at the time, and appreciate how other sources of art by both Picasso and other artists were used in the work. The lectures were always fascinating and Dr. Beriso was an extremely knowledge source and effective presenter of the subject.
I found this a very engaging explanation of the historical and social context of the painting as well as a good introduction to interpreting the artwork itself. Fun and full of anecdotes and side stories that make it accessible for everyone.
This three-part course was perfect for the topic. I came away with a sense of the pertinent world and Spanish history, including the events at Guernica; of Picasso and his artistic research and preparations; and of the symbolism and artistry he used to create this renowned masterpiece. Dr. López Beriso is knowledgeable and a great communicator who alway leaves abundant time for questions. I am so glad I took this course and highly recommend it.