In this section you can search all our contents throughout the different stages in the history of art in Spain, to find styles such as Baroque, Gothic, Mudejar and many, many more.

Picasso. 'Guernica' Modernism and Avant-garde movements The turn of the century brought new winds of modernity. The aesthetic sensibility of the time was marked by a different, freer attitude towards art and life.


In this section you can search among all our contents by topic to find the different resources available in Spain, such as museums, routes, destinations, monuments and many, many more.


This section provides access to all the contents in a personalised way, according to your own particular interests and socio-demographic profile.

The Critic

  • Work of culture - Generic image


Literature, Narrative


1651 - 1657

Original title

El Criticón

Novel by Baltasar Gracián of a quality comparable to "Don Quixote" or "La Celestina", in which the author offers his vision of the world as an educational example for modern man.

Published in three parts between 1651 and 1657, “El Criticón” is the literary masterpiece of Baltasar Gracián. It is ascribed to the current of "conceptism”, though he had to publish the work under the pseudonym of "García de Marlones" due to his problems with the Jesuits.

The novel is an allegory of the life of man, in his two facets: compulsive and inexperienced, represented by Andrenio; and prudent and experienced, represented by Critilo. These two characters pursue happiness and end up passing through the known world criticising everything they see. The language is laconic and full of aphorisms, and the novel sets out the author's philosophical view, which is a precursor of existentialism and post-modernity.


Related contents


spain is culture