Seville, the orange tree lined, baroque jewel of an Andalusian city exists in all our imaginations, through Bizets Carmen, the Feria, the dancers of Sevillianas and Flamenco.
Seville as one of the once very great and powerful European cities with a monopoly on the trade with Latin America is not so well known. Residual traces of this empire, administered from Seville remains and the observant traveller visiting for example the Californian Spanish Missions sees them very clearly.
So, how did this city create a cultural climate that nurtured great painters?
Velasquez, Murillo, Zurbaran are names that come to mind.
Despite Napoleons troops ravages we can still see art in situ, and glorious church interiors that remain extremely well kept and preserved.
This study day examines Sevilles cultural history and her artists in this rich and splendid city.
09.30 - Meet at the Royal Albert Hall for tea and coffee.
09.45 - Talks by Susan on Seville, the city and its relationships with South American colonies and Antwerp.Then the second talk will be on the painters,their patrons and looking at reasons for the way their imagery developed.
11.15 - Workshop-Please bring a sketchbook and pencil.
12.15 - Tour of the Royal Albert Hall
13.00 - Two course lunch at Verdi restaurant
14.00 - Taxi to Aspley House
14.30 - Guided tour of Apsley house with Susan to see works by Velasquez and Murillo.
16.00 - Day ends
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