By public demand, we watched the History of Art in Spain. This is a BBC documentary by Andrew Graham Dixon. It is a three part series and we have watched all three episodes. The series was very well written and it takes us a walk through the history of Spain whilst pointing out the architecture and moving geographically at the same time. The change of media and topic is fast and furious, stimulating the mind.
We visited the Mesquite, Medinat al Zaharra, Seville‘s cathedrals and the Alhambra all in one day. It was amazing. The amount of information given was phenomenal. I loved the image created of the pillars of the Mesquite being like Palm trees in a forest and the roof of the Al Hambra being made out of icing sugar. Do you feel like you are in a glass of cava when you are there?
In the second part of his odyssey through Spain, Andrew Graham-Dixon travels to the country's scorched centre to explore the dazzling art of the 16th and 17th centuries. From the mystical world of El Greco to the tender genius of Velazquez, this was a moment so extraordinary it became known as the Golden Age. But beneath the glittering surface was a dark and savage heart. Travelling from the architectural jewel of Toledo to majestic Madrid, Andrew Graham-Dixon traces the rise and fall of the Spanish Empire, the brutal conquest of the New World, and the religious madness of the Inquisition, to discover how a history so violent could produce some of the most beautiful art ever seen.
The final part in the series exploring the extraordinary art and architecture to have emerged from Spain. Andrew Graham-Dixon reveals how the north of the country has produced some of the most dazzling and iconic art of the modern age. He reveals how Spain's turbulent history has shaped its artists - from Francisco Goya and Pablo Picasso, through to Joan Miro and Salvador Dali. As well as the giants of painting Graham-Dixon argues that Spanish architecture is the art form taking the nation forward into the new millennium
We talked sorted out the problems of the DVD, Spain and the world in a very animated discussion afterwards. We do all like Andrew Graham Dixon and wanted to go with him on the tour. I love this DVD as I have watched it numerous times and each time I get something different from it.
Next month, we are going to look at Caravaggio. We have a DVD with Andrew Graham Dixon to watch. A book to read and some lovely paintings to look at. Caravaggio was a very complex person. He brought real people into religious iconic paintings. Some say that he made bible stories real. However…………… the rest will be revealed at the meeting.
Come along and find out for yourself. See you at 11am on the 14 May at Parquesol , El Morche or the 21 at Antonio’s.
Janice Galloway Group Leader.