The Royal Jewels

Queen Elisabeth of Valois, third wife of Philip II

BY PANTOJA DE LA CRUZ, PRADO MUSEUM

Throughout history, precious stones have inspired lust, treason, greed, curses and treasure hunts. The name “jewel” comes from latin “to rejoice”. Not only have gemstones been offered as a token of love, but they have also been 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. We look through a selection of works spanning from the 15th to the 19th century, seen through some of the magnificent artworks that are treasured in the Prado and the Thyssen, two of the most famed Spanish Museums. To cover more modern times, we’ll also remember briefly the splendid exhibition on Cartier and the world of art that took place some years ago in this museum.

Just think of some of the brilliant stories that we’ll unravel in the mysterious world of jewellery and gemstones….

ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS LIKE...

legendS & SECRETS

Is the legend about Isabella the Catholic pawning her jewels true? What is the secret of the coral beads in Ghirlandaio’s portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni?

Jewel collections & Thefts

Where did Henry VIII of England ever obtain such a great collection of jewels? Have you ever heard about the theft of the fabulous Treasure of the Dolphin, now in the Prado?

Inspiration, ExhilArating Tales, & Priceless pieces

Would you like to hear the exhilarating tale of a priceless pearl that ended up between the jaws of Elizabeth Taylor’s pup? And the Ana María pearl? … and who inspired Cartier’s panther?

DETAILS & BOOKING

Time & Date: To be arranged with you!
Duration: 1 hour
What’s included:  Session on Zoom by a professional art historian

Price: Your own 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!

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

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