JÁVEA WALK - Feb, Fri 28th, 10:00 H & March, Fri 13th, 10:00 H

DATES: 
  • February, Friday 28th, 10:00 H
  • March, Friday 13th, 10:00 H


Explore and Learn About the History of JÁVEA  by visiting its most exciting and unique monuments and museum  with Spanish Fine Arts & Architecture Historian / Educator, Karla Darocas, Hons. B. A.  (KarlaDarocas.com)

EL GRECO * The Master of Mystery * March, Saturday 7th @ 10:30 H



This class explores the life and art of El Greco, a Greek artist whose painting and sculpture helped define the early Spanish Renaissance. His dedication to the mystery of existence and his rebellious style influenced various artistic movements such as Expressionism and Cubism.

FAMOUS DOG DAY * FUNDRAISER EVENT


SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH, 2020

FUNDRAISER: In aid of TANAMERA RESCUE, specialising in the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused Spanish hunting dogs.

EVENT TIME: 10:00 - 14:00 H

LOCATION: Calle Padre Placido 57, Benitachell


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OMNIBUS COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL ESSAYS ABOUT XÀBIA / JÁVEA

NEW!! Glossy 28 page, large print,  spiral bound, Omnibus / Collection of updated / revised essays about interesting historical secrets and exciting information on Xàbia / Jávea.


JOSÉ de RIBERA: The Baroque Master of Grace and Grandeur

This class will cover the complete works of José de Ribera, along with the history of the artist and his times. Ribera is considered one of the finest late Spanish Renaissance painters who didn't even live in Spain.

Ribera was born in Xativa, near Valencia as Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652). He studied with the Valencian painter, Francisco Ribalta (1565-1628) before heading to Italy; first Parma, Padua, and probably Venice and then Rome from 1613-16.

GLORIOUS GANDIA

This Class explores the History of Gandia from its early beginnings through to its modern transformations by exploring its royalty, nobles, arts, crafts, trades and architectural buildings and monuments.

A GENUINE MIRACLE OF NATURE * La Mujer Barbuda by Jusepe de Ribera


Since returning from our fabulous four day SpainLifestyle Renaissance Road Trip, lots of my friends and colleagues have been asking me as to what was the highlight of this trip?

DIEGO VELÁZQUEZ

In this class, students will explore the complete works of Diego Velázquez's as well as his time in history as the most prestigious court painter for Spain's Habsburg King - Philip IV. Students will discover why he became the leader of the Spanish Baroque period and is still celebrated as Spain's most revolutionary portrait painter today. 


ISABELLA I * SPAIN'S GOTHIC WARRIOR QUEEN



In this class, we analyse, investigate and marvel at the life and times of this Gothic warrior Queen of Castile, Isabella I.
She was the driving force of 15th-century Spanish culture and politics. Also known as Isabel la Católica, a title granted to her by Pope Alexander VI, Isabella reorganized the governmental system, brought the crime rate to the lowest it had been in years, unburdened the kingdom of its enormous debt, completed the "Reconquista" by taking the rest of Spain for the Spanish crown, ordered the conversion or exile of Muslim and Jewish citizens, and financially supported Christopher Columbus's in his 1492 voyage that led to the opening of the New World establishing Spain as the first global super power, which dominated Europe and much of the world for more than a century.

TRIBUTE TO VICTORIOUS VALENCIA CITY

This class explores the vast array of architectural treasures in the grand city of Valencia making it a very special place since the time of the Romans. It really excels with the wealth of traders, nobles and royalty in the medieval era.  The marvelous manifestation of man and creation come to life in the facades and interiors of churches, convents, monasteries and secular buildings and palaces of Valencia city branding it as the 2nd most important city in Spain. 



A TRIBUTE TO A VICTORIOUS VALENCIANO - José de Ribera (1591-1652)

When I lived in Xàtiva back in 2001, the town where my husband was born, I walked by the statue of José de Ribera everyday. Our apartment was on the same street as the Basilica and the old hospital, where my husband was born, and at the other end was the statue of José de Ribera or Jusepe as he is know in the Valencian language.

José de Ribera was also born in Xàtiva but in 1591. His father's name was Simón Ribera, a shoemaker by profession, and his mother was Margarita Cucó. While there are many documentary and bibliographical sources detailing many aspects of Ribera's life and work, there is nothing about his childhood and youth in Xàtiva.



UNDERSTANDING SPANISH ROYAL RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTURE !

In this class, students will learn how Spain in the late 1400'a and all of the 1500's century grew both politically and economically making it viable to construct remarkable buildings. Explored will be the details of the different styles that evolved as well as the motivations and philosophies, even secrets and scandals, behind their developments.


MEET THE ARTIST EVENT * Robert E Sapsford *

THANK YOU TO ALL who came along to the MEET THE ARTIST EVENT * with guest artist ROBERT E SAPSFORD on Friday 10TH at Darocas Studio.

Robert shared his humble journey as a youth with desires to be an artist but he faced many challenges. His presentation slideshow was very impressive with a vast array of complex paintings in oils and acrylics.
We all mingled, drank coffee and ate sponge cake too.

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Report About Robert E Sapsford by Karla Darocas for SpainLifestyle.com