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.


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


Over the centuries Xàbia has grown in wealth and expansion. Fortunately, Xàbia has preserved many architectural treasures that tell fascinating historical tales. 

For visual art students and history lovers of all ages, Xàbia is a great place to study Spanish History and Architecture with a focus on the Valencian Mediterranean Culture. Xàbia (Valencian language) or Jávea (Castilian language) is a Valencian coastal town in the Marina Alta region (Alicante). 

Historical narrative suggests that Xàbia has always been a privileged and strategic Mediterranean location. 

Many settlers of diverse cultures have populated and enjoyed this exclusive spot including the Stone and Bronze-age peoples, Romans, Greeks, Phoenicians, Visigoths, Germanic, Carthaginians, Moors and of course Christians. 

 For this essay, I will start our journey from the Muslim migration that settled in the Marina Alta region and brought their farming and building techniques. Then explore the Medieval Catholic era with emphasis on regional history and the Gothic architecture of Xàbia. 

Copyright © Mrs. Karla Darocas, Hons. B.A. Fine Arts Published Author / Journalist / Editor & Educator Since 1990

A4 Size, 50 Glossy pages, Large Size Text, White Spiral Binding and Illustrated with Digital Images

- Architecture techniques, history, legends and more! 
- 19 euros
- 25 with shipping and handling