LECTURES

SPAIN LIFESTYLE

These lectures benefit both students and lovers of Spanish art, architecture, history and culture. 
  • Classes  are approx. 1.5 hours in length or more depending on questions and stories ...  
  • Classes are 10 euros per person - payable on the day unless pre-paid - of course :)
  • Classes are non-refundable
  • YOU MUST BE REGISTERED TO ATTEND!

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El Greco (1541 – 1614)
LECTURE OVERVIEW
Discover the Middle Ages in Spain through the visions and artworks of El Greco


The most unusual painter in 16th-century Europe, El Greco (1541 – 1614) combined the strict Byzantine style of his homeland Greece, with influences received during his studies in Venice together with the medieval traditions of Spain and its mystics.

He was born Domenikos Theotokopulos in Iraklion (Candia), Crete, but did most of his work in Spain. Nothing is known of his parentage. The Spaniards called him El Greco, the Greek.

El Greco was a master draftsman whose paintings combine courtly elegance with religious fervor. He intentionally distorted forms to emphasize the spiritual quality of a figure or event. His saints are ghostly creations of his imagination. His portraits of noblemen are elegant and realistic.


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Velázquez (1599 - 1660)
LECTURE OVERVIEW
Discover The Early Spanish Period through the visions and artworks of Velázquez



Hailed as Spain's "Greatest Baroque Artist and the Most Important Painter of the Golden Age"
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez was born in Seville on June 6, 1599, the oldest of six children; both his parents were from the minor nobility.

As a student of art, Velázquez absorbed and blended the most popular contemporaneous styles of painting, derived, in part, from both Flemish and Italian realism.

As a master painter, Velázquez became an innovator of perspective, the rounded form, lighting and realism. He also became the curator of the Prado Museum in Madrid and we can today thank this genius for his knowledge of great art and his purchases he made on behalf of the museum and King Philip 1V.


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Goya (1746 – 1828)
LECTURE OVERVIEW
Discover The Spanish Enlightenment through the visions and artworks of Goya



Regarded both as the Last of the Old Masters and the First of the Moderns, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746 – 1828) was a Spanish romantic painter and print maker.

Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown. He became an artistic rebel, commentator and chronicler of his era.

The "subversive" and imaginative elements found in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, Goya's work became the inspiration to artists of later generations such as Sorolla, Picasso and Dalí.


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Sorolla (1863 – 1923)
LECTURE OVERVIEW
Discover Sorolla


Joaquín Sorolla (1863 – 1923) was Spain's premiere impressionist artist. A master painter from Valencia, Sorolla won many artistic  prizes and was adored the world over. In his youth, he was idealistic and like a modern pop star, his powerful paintings served to bring a social conscious to the fine arts world and beyond.

Sorolla chose to explored many social, historical, literary and religious themes in his paintings. The popularity of his paintings reached in the salons and international exhibitions in Madrid, Paris, Venice, Munich, Berlin, and Chicago. His greatest legacy is a series of monumental murals that proudly portrait his patriotism  to his beloved Spain, which are found at the Hispanic Society building in New York.

What many people do not know is that Sorolla and his family made their summer vacations in Javea. Many of the most intimate paintings by Sorolla's collection of works, explore the pleasures of Javea’s seaside resort.

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Picasso (1881 - 1973)
LECTURE OVERVIEW
Discover The Modern Spanish 20th Century through the visions and artworks of Picasso


One of the Most Famous Figures in 20th Century Art, Picasso's revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and an immense fortune.

Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, known as Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century, his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas.

Picasso is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore.

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Dalí
LECTURE OVERVIEW
Discover the Modern 20th Century Spain through the visions and artworks of Dalí

The Most Grandiose Spanish Artist of the 20 Century, Salvador Dalí (1904 - 1989) is best known for his contributions to the Surrealist art movement. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork, to the dismay of those who held his work in high esteem, and to the irritation of his critics.

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, 1st Marqués de Dalí de Pubol, known as Salvador Dalí was born in Figueres, in the Catalonia region of Spain.

Dalí was a skilled draftsman and painter who attributed his brushwork to the influence of the Renaissance masters. Dalí's expansive artistic repertoire included drawing, painting, writing, film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of media.

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Remedio Varo (16 December 1908 – 8 October 1963) was a Spanish-Mexican para-surrealist painter and anarchist.


Born in Girona, Spain in 1908, she studied at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid.

She is known as one of the world famous para-surrealist artists of the 20th Century.

During the Spanish Civil War she fled to Paris where she was greatly influenced by the surrealist movement.

She met her second husband, the French surrealist poet Benjamin Péret, in Barcelona. She was forced into exile from Paris during the German occupation of France and moved to Mexico City at the end of 1941.

She died in 1963, at the height of her career, from a heart attack, in Mexico City


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Architecture of Toledo


PART ONE -Antiquity & Medieval

Learn the entire evolution of Spain via the tribes and cultures who inhabited the Iberian landscape and made Toledo their capital. From the early Celts, Romans, Visigoths, and Moors to the Catholic Monarchs, Toledo has seen it all.

The architecture, sculptures and painting of this Pre-Renaissance period tell a rich and fascinating story of discovery and adventure.

PART TWO - The Golden Age

Toledo came into the Renaissance like no other place in Spain with vibrant and unique displays of grandeur.

From the imperial style dedicated to Queen Isabella, to the flamboyant and ornate, Toledo made its mark up to and even after its fall as the Royal seat.

Toledo's continued religious stronghold as a capital to its now current historical monumental tourist attraction makes Toledo one of the most fascinating cities to study for art, architecture, history and cultural students!