UNDERSTANDING SPANISH ROYAL RENAISSANCE ARCHITECTURE * Friday, Nov. 8th, 10:30 H and 17:00 H * RESERVE NOW!!

CLASS Outline
During the late 15th century and all of the 16th century, Spain grew both politically and economically. In the 16th century, Spain led the world in trade, exploration, and colonization. Under Carlos V, the wealth of Spain came from his inheritance of the Habsburg empire and conquested dominions of South and Central America, Florida, Cuba, and the Philippines. His empire was comparable to that of Ancient Rome or Macedonia of Alexander the Great. Gold and silver discoveries in America brought extreme wealth to Spain.


GUIDEBOOK TO THE MEDIEVAL GOTHIC GLORY OF XÀBIA / JÁVEA


Recently released by Fine Arts Historian Karla Darocas, Hons. B. A., it is a beautiful glossy detailed guidebook about the history and architecture of this coastal town with stunning photos and information starting in the 11th century up to the 17th century.


THE LURE OF THE LIGHT * Joaquín Sorolla


20th Century Spanish painter, Sorolla excelled in the painting of portraits, landscapes, and monumental works of social and historical themes.  His most typical works are characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the bright sunlight of his native Valencia and sunlit water.

This class has all of Sorolla's most famous artworks explained plus also a special emphasis on the unique elements and techniques of Spanish Impressionism and the remarkable artworks from his holidays in Xàbia  / Jávea.

THE DALI EXPERIENCE

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BENISSA HAS A NEO-GOTHIC TREASURE


Benissa is one of those hidden treasure towns that resides on the Costa Blanca. You must find the parking lot on the backside of the town, get out of your car and begin your journey.

THE JÁVEA MONUMENT THAT NO ONE TALKS ABOUT!


There is a monument in Jávea, right around the corner to the main square, that has slipped into disrepair and abandonment, and yet it is a remarkable piece of historical and architectural value. This is the monument that no one in Jávea ever talks about, but why?

PICASSO'S PERVASIVE MOTHER AND CHILD PAINTINGS

The most consistently reproduced subject in all of art history, especially Western art, is the theme of the Mother and Child. The earliest recorded representation and most recognised Mother and Child is the Byzantine icon of Mary and Jesus. These icon paintings were worshipped by both Catholic and Orthodox churches.

Picasso was raised Catholic and knew the emotive power of the Mother and Child image. These works throughout his life are some of my favourites. They are all different, depending on what visual form he was experimenting with. 

Let’s take a look at a couple of them and contemplate Picasso’s diverse styles added to this powerful, universal theme of Mother and Child.

GRAND SCALE CHURCH BRINGS CLASSICAL BEAUTY AND HISTORICAL LEGACY TO OLIVA

FRONT and BACK
Oliva is a lovely and vibrate town on the edge of the Valencian province in the Safor territory that has a very beautiful, classy and colossal neo-classical church in its core.

The parish Church of Santa María la Mayor represents the historical, cultural and intellectual evolution of the Valencia region in its architecture.


BEAUTIFUL BAROQUE MASTERPIECE SHOWS OFF ITS ARTISTIC PECULIARITY IN PEDREGUER


In Pedreguer sits the Parish Church of the Holy Cross (Iglesia de la Santa Cruz). It has taken me several months to get inside this church, as I kept going at the wrong times. It is a popular church and not a tourist monument, so one must go when it is open for the congregation to enjoy their mid day mass. I have discovered that 11:30 is the best time to get inside these historical works of artistic architectural brillance.

When I arrived, a well dressed elderly lady took my hand and asked my interest in "her" church. I explained that I was a fine arts historian and teacher upon which she welcomed me and explained that "her" church was "very important".

I agreed and began my search to find out the artistic secret that makes this church so famous!

VALENCIAN BAROQUE MASTERWORK BOASTS GREATEST FRESCO ART IN SPAIN


The Parish Church of San Nicolás de Bari and San Pedro Mártir in Valencia is home to one of the greatest wonders of fresco painting that Spain has to offer.  This historical parish church is located in the city center and because of an extensive restoration in 2016, this church of worship has now become a tourist and cultural showcase that is being hailed as "The Sistine Chapel of Valencia".

This accolade is not completely logical because San Nicolás is a church with a single nave of six sections, twelve buttress side chapels (two of them are occupied by lateral entrance doors) and a glorious polygonal presbytery facing east. The Sistine Chapel, on the other hand is only a single "chapel" in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope (Vatican City).

In any case, one statement holds truth in the fact that San Nicolás is indeed one of the best examples of the coexistence of 15th century Valenician Gothic architecture revamped into a 17th century spectacular Valencian Baroque masterpiece.


MARVEL IN THE MYSTERY AND FACE THE FAMOUS RELIC OF ALICANTE


Spain is indeed a marvelous place to explore religious relics. An adventurous traveler does not need to be absolutely devoted to a relic to discover its resting place, however on your journey you can be enlightened by the marvelous art and architecture that surrounds it.

One such great example, is the Catholic relic of the Santa Faz (Holy Face) protected and venerated in the Santa Faz monastery, which is located in the municipal district of Alicante city called Santa Faz. This relic is the object of a yearly pilgrimage, which gathers more than 260,000 relic friendly folks.

Since visiting monasteries and relic hunting are both great ways to spend a Sunday morning, off I went to witness the historical past and marvel in some mystery for myself.

PRETTY IMPORTANT PALACE IN GANDIA INVITES A DETAILED INSPECTION


One of the most important monuments in the city of Gandia is The Ducal Palace. It is a treasure chest of mind blowing artifacts deemed with legendary stories and adventures!

This palace showcases four distinctive periods of architecture from Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque to Neo-Gothic styles.

You can feel the grandeur of being in an elite family home. Wealth invites the arts to decorate and record and this palace has it all!

So, let's get started with a detailed inspection of this glorious place...


PONDER PROVINCIAL PRIDE FROM MEDIEVAL TO MODERN IN MURLA



Castle fortress and architecture aficionados will truly enjoy a trip into the mountains of the Marina Alta for a closeup look at a proudly preserved parish church that speaks to a precarious medieval past. Documents state that this castle/fort became a Christian parish church in 1317.

Murla's architectural structures range from medieval to modern and its historical past has been plagued with cultural and structural grievances. This all combines to make Mural a very interesting place to visit.

DECORATIVE AND DISTINCTLY HISPANIC IN SUECA


One of the most original, romantic and stylishly Spanish architectural genres of the late 19th century modernist movement is the decorative and distinctly Hispanic "Neomudéjar" style. Its enduring characteristic use of bricks, as the main constructive element, gives this architectural method its versatility and the power to be pretty.


ANNA'S SPECTACULAR STRUCTURE IS A SERIES OF HISTORICAL MILESTONES


Anna is a peaceful town in the Valencian hinterland along the Sellent river. It is a pleasant village away from everything and everyone where you can easily walk about seeking unpretentious scenic spaces. What you will find are lots of life affirming water channels crossing streets and sprouting forth from fountains. This abundance of multiple water sources gives origin to this town's Almohade name of "Yanna ", which means "water garden".

There is however, a spectacular grandiose structure of a castle palace that is an architectural milestone of continuous glorious history and purposeful restoration. Once a dilapidated worthless structure, today the Counts of Cervelló Palace is a prominent vestige of Anna's past and pride.

The history of this special palace marks a pendulum of abandonment and restoration as it moved from one famous owner to another and finally to a devoted town mayor whose actions from 1995 to 2007 give us the marvel that we explore today.


ROMAN ARCHES AND FISH FARMING IN XÀBIA


Architecture students can explore Roman arches still standing at the remains of a once opulent Roman village fish farm that showcased its prestige at the Punta del Arenal in Xàbia.


JUAN DE RIBERA * ARCHITECT OF EVICTION


Juan de Ribera (b1532-d1611) was the archbishop and viceroy of Valencia.

He used all of his civil and religious power to pressure Philip III towards the expulsion of the Moriscos, which was carried out in 1609.

Ribera despised the moriscos as heretics and traitors, a dislike he shared with much of Valencia's Christian populace.


FABULOUS FLAMBOYANT GOTHIC CLOISTER * CONVENT OF SANT DOMINGO


The convent of Sant Doménec or Sant Domingo is one of the most important Gothic monuments in the city of Valencia.


THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WATERY PARADISE IN GANDIA


The Alquería del Duc was a medieval fortified farmhouse built in the sixteenth century. It was bought in 1590 by Alfonso de Borja, the youngest son of the famous San Francisco de Borja, IV Duke of Gandia.


PERFECT POLYCHROME BUSTS FROM FAMOUS 17TH CENTURY SCULPTOR IN GANDIA


For students and admirers of Renaissance polychrome statues, you must visit the Museum of Santa Clara in Gandía, where you will fine two very famous and stunning polychrome busts. They were gifts offered by the X Duke of Gandía, Pascual Francisco de Borja (1653-1716) and his wife, Juana Fernández de Córdoba, when their two daughters took their vows at the Monastery of Santa Clara.


THE UNSOLVED MYSTERY OF GOYA'S MISSING SKULL

THE ENIGMA

Dionisio Fierros (1827-1894 ) was a Spanish Romantic painter who in 1849 painted a "vanitas", an allegorical still life, for the Marquis of San Adrián of Navarra.


THE TALE OF SOROLLA'S HOLIDAY HORROR IN JAVEA

Clotilde and Elena on the Rocks at Javea, 1905 - Joaquín Sorolla

It was the summer of 1905 when the talented Valencian impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla brought his family to the Port of Jávea (Playa de la Grava) for a much needed holiday.

Inspired by the cliffs of both the Cape of San Antonio and Nou, and the turquoise sparkle of the east facing sea, Sorolla explored some of his greatest impressionist experiments of capturing light and underwater movement.

GLORIOUS GANDIA



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


TRIBUTE TO TOLEDO * PART 2


TRIBUTE TO TOLEDO * PART TWO
is a presentation (lecture and slideshow) about the Renaissance - Golden Age history of Toledo explored through its cultural evolutions, arts and architecture. 
Presented by Spanish Fine Arts & Architecture Historian, 
Karla Darocas, Hons. B.A. (KarlaDarocas.com)

ISABELLA


Isabella of Castile was the driving force of 15th-century Spanish — and therefore European — politics. In this presentation, we will take an enlightened look at the life and time of Queen Isabella by utilizing a variety of visual artworks inspired by her achievements.


TRIBUTE TO TOLEDO * PART 1




TRIBUTE TO TOLEDO * PART ONE
is a presentation (lecture and slideshow) about the Antiquity & Medieval history of Toledo explored through its cultural evolutions, arts and architecture. 
Presented by Spanish Fine Arts & Architecture Historian, 
Karla Darocas, Hons. B.A. 

FRIDA KAHLO

Frida Kahlo made her own face famous by painting a seemingly endless series of self-portraits that span over her 30-year career.



REMEDIOS VARO


Remedios Varo was a visionary painter who placed herself in the center of her own narratives. Inspired to learn more about the human experience and promote a balance and interconnection with the universe, her visions reflect herself engaged in magical work - embarking and unlocking the divine.