EL GRECO - THE MAN AND HIS MYSTERIES - Thursday, September 28th - 2023

This lecture and slideshow presentation delves into an examination of the life and artistic contributions of El Greco, a Greek artist renowned for his profound impact on the nascent Spanish Renaissance through his works in painting and sculpture. El Greco's unwavering commitment to probing the enigma of existence and his audacious stylistic innovations exerted a seminal influence on diverse artistic movements, including Expressionism and Cubism.


  • Day: Thursday, September 28th - 2023
  • Time: 10am - 11:30pm
  • Fee: 10 euros
  • Included: Coffee - Tea - Water
  • Location - Darocas Studio Benitachell - Address: Carrer Pare Plácido, 57, 03726 El Poble Nou de Benitatxell, Alicante (inside boardroom of Benitachell Properties - opposite Bank)


TOLEDO one of the most fascinating cities to study Spanish art, architecture, history and in this course you will discover all the reasons why Toledo is such a magical place. 

  1. Part One - Antiquity to Gothic Medieval 
  2. Part Two - The Golden Age
  3. Part Three - Cathedral of Santa María 


Explore and Learn About JÁVEA by visiting its historical architecture and monuments with Arts Historian, Educator & Author - Karla Ingleton Darocas, B. A. (Hons) 



THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support my little book launch this morning. It was a joy and a privilege to present this milestone being my 8th publication with all of you. ❤️❤️




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10 Reasons Why Studying Art History in Spain Offers a Rich and Captivating Experience by Karla Darocas, Arts Historian

I have been researching, writing and teaching about Spanish art for over 30 years.  I have found that studying art history in Spain offers a unique opportunity to explore a vibrant artistic landscape that spans centuries, cultures and movements. It is an enriching journey that broadens artistic horizons, and deepens understanding and appreciation of the fascinating world of art.

Here are 10 reasons why I love Spain and its artistic heritage!

Sculptures by the Andalusian Baroque Master Pedro de Mena in Gandía

One of my favourite treasure chests is the Santa Clara Museum in Gandia. Its roots go back to 1431, when Violante de Aragón, daughter of Alfonso de Aragón - senor, Duke of Gandia, founded the convent of Santa Clara in this town.

Since its foundation, many famous women have sought the spiritual refuge of the convent, either because of a sincere vocation or because they were forced to do so by their families who were unable to provide a suitable marriage.

* Report by art historian and educator , Karla Darocas, Hons. B.A. (KarlaDarocas.com)

MAJA WITH A SMALL DOG, 1865, Eugenio Lucas Velázquez

One of the most impressive paintings that will catch your eye when you visit the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Málaga is this completely relaxed "Maja with a Small Dog". It was painted in 1865 by the madrileño, Eugenio Lucas Velázquez, one of the most popular artists of the Spanish Romantic period, considered the best successor to Goya.

Undoubtedly, Eugenio Lucas is paying homage to Goya's masterful work, the Maja, of which there are two versions, one clothed and one nude. Eugenio preferred the clothed Maja to the nude Maja, which allowed him to tell a much fuller story.

* Report by art historian and educator , Karla Darocas, Hons. B.A. (KarlaDarocas.com)

19th CENTURY ANDALUSIAN ROMANTICISM - Video Learning Experience

This exciting artistic movement swept through southern Spain during the 19th century, capturing the hearts and minds of some of the most talented artists of the era.

In this course you will learn about these leading artists and explore the unique characteristics that make Andalusian Romantic painting so special.

These artists celebrated the individualism of Andalusia and excelled in their free-spirited and playful approach to narrative and landscape art. They depicted traditional costumes, rituals and festive events, popular landmarks and familiar landscapes.

Viewers were invited to escape into an exotic world that only exists in southern Spain.

This is your chance to immerse yourself in the rich culture and history of southern Spain.

Video On-Demand Learning Experience

* Length: 1 hours 45 minutes
* Fee:10 euros.



Andalusian Romanticism refers to a cultural movement that emerged in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia in the 19th century. It was characterised by a renewed interest in local traditions and a romanticised view of Andalusian culture, including its music, art, literature and architecture.

Seville, a city in the Andalusia region of southern Spain, played an important role in the development of Romanticism in Spain during the 19th century. Among the most important painters of this movement from Seville are:

Manuel Barrón y Carrillo - Born in Seville in 1814, Barrón y Carrillo was a painter who specialised in landscapes and genre scenes. His work was characterised by a very detailed style and focused on the colours and textures of the Andalusian landscape.

Joaquín Domínguez Bécquer - Born in Seville in 1822, Bécquer was a painter and illustrator who was also the brother of the famous Romantic poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. His work was characterised by a very detailed style and focused on the emotions and expressions of his subjects.

José Jiménez Aranda - Born in Seville in 1837, Aranda was a prolific painter who specialised in historical and genre scenes. His work was characterised by a concentration on everyday life and a romanticising view of Andalusian culture and traditions.

Overall, these painters played an important role in the development of Romanticism in 19th century Spain, and their works are still celebrated and admired today.

Andalusian Romanticism also had an important influence on Spanish music, particularly the flamenco tradition. During this period, flamenco music began to evolve from a local Andalusian style into a national symbol of Spanish identity and became increasingly popular with artists and intellectuals throughout the country, but that's another story!

Overall, Andalusian Romanticism represented a celebration of Andalusian culture and traditions, as well as a reaction to the industrialisation and modernisation that swept Spain in the 19th century. It played an important role in the development of Spanish art, literature and music, and continues to inspire and influence artists today.

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