Fashion in Art, Cristóbal Balenciaga

Highlights of the Prado Museum

Portrait of Elena Sorolla, by her father

wearing a fortuny gown

Observe works from the Prado Museum like you NEVER have before, with one of the most sought after art guides in Madrid.

From the moment you sign on, it is as if you have just become part of a secret society that is privy to classified art information. At times it feels as if your guide has travelled in time to observe the artists’ process and has just come back to tell you their secrets. 

Your guide will take you through the Prado museum not only to see its highlights, but also to give you their historical and cultural context, and their juicy personal details. You will survey the fascinating masterpieces on the VIP list by El Greco, Rubens, Raphael, Da Vinci, Titian and Goya. Then, you will dive into the depths of two paintings, The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch and Las Meninas by Velazquez, two of the most emblematic paintings of the Prado.

Your guide will show you pictures of their details, analysed using x-ray methods, reflectography, and infra-red technology, giving you an in-depth analysis of these works, something that a walking tour simply cannot provide. 

Whether you are a novice or a long time art lover, this inspirational and exclusive virtual experience will have you savoring its beauty well after the tour is over.

A word on our guides…

Some of the most sought after art historians and guides visiting Spain’s art capital. They can tell you everything you need to know about the masterpieces and the lesser-known gems in each collection. More importantly, perhaps, they communicate their passion for those works in such a way that you find yourself sharing that enthusiasm. Our guides are are a small group of rare art historians who can take you beyond the mere facts of a painting – the life of the artist, their social context, their materials and methods – and help you actually see and feel it to its full effect.

Our guides are graduates in Art History, with years of experience and certified guides to the art institutions of Madrid, from the Prado, to the Thyssen-Bornemisza to the Reina Sofia museums and beyond.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Private tour with one of Madrid’s most knowledgeable art historians and guides

In the second half of the 19th century, it became fashionable for members of  the upper classes to spend the summer in Santander, Zarautz, San Sebastián, Biarritz and other  seaside towns. Fashionable clothing and sophisticated accessories such as parasols and hats  played an essential role in these elegant settings and Sorolla, a prominent witness of his time,  reflects this impeccably in his portraits painted by the sea, mostly of members of his  immediate family. 

But specially famous are his beach scenes in his home town of Valencia, where children bask in the sun and fisherwomen go about their chores. They are an ode of thanksgiving to the beauty  of nature and the joy of life.

Learn about the artist’s process as if you were hearing about it from Bosch, El Greco, Goya, Velázquez, Rubens and more.

Throughout his career Sorolla received many commissions to portray  members of the upper classes, not only the bourgeoisie and aristocracy but also Spanish royalty. He also painted prominent members of American society whom he met during his trips to the United States. 

In these pictures he describes and reveals the “soul” of his sitters,  the way they were and, above all, their wish to be recognized as such. A few of these works  faithfully reproduce turn-of-the-century fashions, some of which are more classical, while others are ultramodern and reflect the latest trends in dress.

X-rays, reflectographs, infra-red images…an in-depth look at some of the Prado Museum’s most emblematic works.

His many depictions of  family scenes and the everyday life of his children and his wife indicate that family was one of the pillars of Joaquín Sorolla’s life. In particular, the numerous and extremely beautiful portraits he made over the years of his wife and muse, Clotilde García del Castillo, bear witness to his love of his family. These engaging images were also a showcase of  his work and attracted a growing clientele. 

DETAILS & BOOKING

Start time: To be arranged with you!
Duration: 1 hour
What’s included: Class lead by renowned Madrid art historian, class on Zoom

 

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

♥ 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!

♥ When you visit us in the future, your guide can take you to physically visit these pieces!

***Please sign in to the class 10 minutes before start time

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