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Descriptions of each session:
Master of Light, Joaquín Sorolla
Joaquín Sorolla, from the coastal town of Valencia, has become one of Spain’s most important artists. High society, fashion, summering along the northern Spanish/French coast, and family life were among his favourite subjects, capturing the perfect light in every captivating scene.
With our expert art historian (and eternal Sorolla fan) leading the way, we look at Sorolla’s most wonderful & significant pieces.
The Royal Jewels
Throughout history, precious stones have inspired passions, curses and treasure hunts. The name “jewel” comes from latin “to rejoice”, although they have not only been offered as a token of love, but also worn as a symbol of fame, power, and wealth. We’ll embark on a fascinating voyage, that will give us insight into the world of jewellery through a selection of works spanning from the 15th to the 20th century, as seen through some of the magnificent artworks that are treasured in some of the most famed Spanish Museums.
Some of the brilliant stories that we’ll unravel….
Is the legend about Isabella the Catholic pawning her jewels to finance Columbus’ voyage true?
Where did Henry VIII of England obtain such a great collection of jewels from?
Would you like to hear the exhilarating tale of a priceless pearl that ended up between the jaws of Elizabeth Taylor’s pup?
Ever heard about the theft of the fabulous Treasure of the Dolphin, now in the Prado?
The Artist's Garden
Through the work of the greatest artist-gardeners we invite you to explore the influence that gardens exerted on the evolution of art from the 1860s to the 1920s, a period where a new aesthetic emerged. More than any other painter, Monet is known for his paintings of gardens – in particular the one he created at Giverny and that became his main subject for the last 20 years of his life. As the artist himself declared: “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
A great influence on many of these artists –Monet, Caillebotte, Pierre Bonnard, Le Sidaner- were the leading English garden designers of the period, like William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll, who argued for a break from the formal gardens of the past; instead advocating planting in loose drafts of colour.
But the era’s fascination with gardens was not confined to Impressionism. Matisse, Klimt and Kandinsky were all inspired by gardens to varying degrees. Special mention should be made of Emil Nolde. Long influenced by van Gogh, this pioneering German Expressionist designed an enchanted garden in northern Germany, dominated by his passion for colour. Another German, Max Liebermann had a very different conception of gardening, one that emphasised rational design and monochrome schemes. And, finally Sorolla, who created his own beautiful garden at his house in Madrid, inspired by the tradition of Islamic gardens in Spain, combining flowers with decorative tiles and paving.
Would like to purchase a ticket to ONLY the March session on Sorolla? (Not part of the Spring Package)
I'm just blown away...
“Every tour that we do with you, that you do for us, I’m just blown away by how you present art. It’s so holistic, in the way you tie so many things together. It just makes it fascinating. Thank you.”
"Insight into several of the masterpieces."
“In these crazy COVID times, I signed up for a virtual tour experience with a number of friends. The 5 senses – an Art Tour exceeded my expectations and was even better than being at the Prado museum in Madrid. Our tour guide, was an expert in the art of Spain. She guided us thru the paintings of the most famous Spanish artists while also giving us unique insight into several of the masterpieces. It was really fun sharing this one hour Zoom experience with our friends. I highly recommend this tour for anyone with even a mild interest in art!”