This manifesto argues for the importance of cultivating the fine arts in the education of children and their relationship with the cultivation of intelligence. Poetry, music, drawing, painting, and philosophy transmit Beauty, which is inseparably linked to reason and truth. Teachers must know how to use knowledge to light a flame in the minds and souls of their students, and how to transmit to the them the sacred fire of culture. To keep this flame, which is the search for Beauty, burning, the fine arts are essential.


Please, cite this article as follows: Campo Baeza, A. (2021). La Belleza necesaria. Manifiesto a favor de la Belleza en el sistema educativo | The vital Beauty. A manifesto for Beauty in the education system. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 79 (278), 95-101. https://doi.org/10.22550/REP79-1-2021-02

Alberto Campo Baeza is Emeritus Professor in Projects at the Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM), where he has taught for over 50 years. He has given classes at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich, the École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Lausanne, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and the Bauhaus in Weimar among other institutions. He has lectured all over the world and has received numerous prizes. In 2014 he was made a full Academician in the Architecture Section of Spain’s Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, and an International Fellowship was conferred on him by the Royal Institute  of British Architects (RIBA). In 2019 he was made an Honorary Fellow by the American Institute of Architects. In 2020 he received the Gold Medal for Architecture awarded by the CSCAE (Consejo Superior de los Colegios de Arquitectos de España).