“One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art”, Oscar Wilde

Would you like to join us on a journey through the evolution of fashion? 

Kings and queens, painters and socialites, saints and sinners, madonnas and courtesans followed the fashion trends of their day, reflecting the evolution of social attitudes and personal ideals. In its turn, fashion sometimes even influenced the styles of the painters. Through the paintings in the major Spanish museums we can discover magnificent brocades, eccentric shapes, austere attires, fantastic headgear and outrageous innovations, from the Middle Ages to the 17th century Spanish works by Zurbarán and Velázquez, from romantic depictions of 19th century ladies to the creations of one of the world’s most revered couturiers, Cristóbal Balenciaga, who drew his inspiration from the great tradition of Spanish painting.

ART Santa Isabel de Portugal Zurbarán 1635 Insiders Travel
La dama de armiño, El Greco
Maja y Celestina en un balcón

Answers to questions like...

ART Santa Isabel de Portugal by Zurbarán 1635 Insiders Travel

Did you know that Coco Chanel once declared that Zurbarán, the great Spanish baroque master, was the first couturier in history?

La infanta María Teresa by Velázquez Insiders Travel

Can you imagine where the rouge that Spanish ladies applied so generously, as seen in Velázquez’s portraits, came from?

Goya's Maja y Celestina en un Balcón Insiders Travel

Why did queen María Luisa, in Goya’s time, forbid that ladies wear short sleeves at court?

Details & Booking

Price: Your own private session is US$ 250 / £ 195 / 215 € / AU$ 352  – from 1 to 10 people.

Available: Every day

Start time and duration: TBD, 1 hour

What’s included: Session on zoom by a professional art historian

  • This class is held on Zoom. If you aren’t familiar with the platform, we would be delighted to send you information on how to get started and linked up!

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