BOOK REVIEW * PASSION & PRIDE AT THE PRADO


“A word of praise for Karla Darocas' latest book. It is an excellent concept of combining world-class art with the history of Spain. I had never read these stories in English before, and I just love them. As always, Karla writes with knowledge and passion. 

The stories are illustrated by the paintings and the paintings are explained in the stories. My favourite is the story of the lovers of Teruel. We took a trip there with Karla some time ago and the group enjoyed the famous monument thanks to such a true insight into the subject. Spanish culture comes alive. Well recommended!”

* Trudi van Dorp, Benitachell

BOOK REVIEW * PASSION & PRIDE AT THE PRADO

 

“What a wonderful idea to retell Spain's most passionate stories for us in English. As always, Karla's new book, Passion & Pride at the Prado, is written in her very knowledgeable and exciting style. She always explores and explains the most beautiful art. It really is a must-read for lovers of Spanish culture, as it opens up a world of understanding for your Spanish heritage. The seven stories in this book are charged with a mixture of emotions and offer a variety of insights into the deep historical roots of this great country.

My favourite stories? The Lovers of Teruel is a sad and beautiful true love story. It is one of those stories about an impossible love that comes between the class differences between rich and poor. The painting that shows the story is beautiful, and I hope to stand in front of it one day in the Prado Museum.

I also found the story of The Conversion of the Duke of Gandia very interesting. A must-visit is the Palace of Gandia and you will understand this trip better after reading the story. The painting that accompanies this story is also incredible. Looking at it again now in the Prado, I will understand its meaning even better.”

* Diana from Javea


LECTURE REVIEW - ANTONI GAUDI * PART ONE *

 


"Fabulous online Zoom lecture on Antoni Gaudi with Karla and looking forward to the rest. I found it interesting, informative & entertaining and absorbing. I have been a fan of Gaudi for years but never had he, or his work, been described so well. 

I am so happy to have found SpainLifestyle.com because of living in Spain, I want to understand the culture better and good classes in English are hard to find. I like the way Karla teaches with the use of drawings and photographs during her lecture. I would definitely recommend her classes. "

- Suzy Parker, Altea

LECTURE REVIEW - ANTONI GAUDI * Part One *


"I've been wanting to learn more about Antoni Gaudi's work before I go to Barcelona and explore. I loved the class as Karla focussed on architecture that I hadn't seen in photographs before, as well as bringing attention to the small artistic details within the buildings. Inspiration!"   
 
- Sue Bell, Benissa

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"To be honest, I was not a fan of Gaudi, so I booked the lecture to see whether Karla could convince me. 

As I expected, Karla has a keen eye for details and presents her classes with passion and knowledge. I never ever saw the works of Gaudi through her eyes before and I must say I now really appecriate this man and his amazing ( early) work. 

Karla's lecture made me long once again to times when we can resume our art history field trips and yes, I want to go to Barcelona and admire Gaudi 'face-to-face'. I just never before commited myself into a deeper study of Gaudi and his personal history. Now I know more and cannot wait to listen to part 2 of the lecture.

Karla's lectures are filled with illustrations, zooming into details, explanations, answering questions with knowledge."

- Trudi van Dorp, Benitachell

LECTURE REVIEW - ANTONI GAUDI *Part One *


"I went to Karla's 1st lecture on Gaudi as a fan of his work, already thinking I might learn one or two things that I didn't already know...... Hahaha, I should have known better where Karla is concerned! 

I spent the whole hour thinking, wow, I didn't know that!! 

As always, Karla gets right under the skin of her subject and gives you knowledgeable and informed insights. I look forward to the next lecture in the series.

Karla's teaching is relaxed. informative, and fun."

- Christine Irving - Jesus Pobre

LECTURE REVIEW - ANTONI GAUDI * Part One *

 


"It is always a roller coaster ride of discovery with Karla’s lectures .. from top to bottom!

She draws you in by painting a background, setting the scene, and then her knowledge of Gaudi brings his character to life. Suddenly, here is not just the name, but the real man brought to life. By understanding his place in life, where he lived and worked that brought an understanding as to how his buildings, exteriors and interiors were so unique.

Karla guides you around the details using text and photos, zooming in so you can really see the interesting parts.  Seeing a hand made wrought iron balustrade or designer painted tiles, enables you to really understand what Gaudí creating and how and why. 

Her passion for the topic and appreciation of the architectural skills of Gaudi are contagious and I very much look forward to being further inspired in part two!

Karla's teaching style is informative but relaxed and she takes time to clarify points or terms that might be new."

- Rhonda Jager-Stirling, Switzerland

LECTURE REVIEW - ANTONI GAUDI *Part One *


"Wow!  I have been to Barcelona and seen a lot of Gaudi, but never understood how many techniques were involved in his creations.  

Karla showed us other houses outside Barcelona which are amazing.  I now understood her favourite saying, “It blew my mind away”!  

Looking forward to part two next week, and will be looking at his works in Barcelona with a more knowledgeable eye!  Thanks Karla."

-Allison in Javea

LECTURE REVIEW - ANTONI GAUDI * Part One *

"I learnt about the very interesting life of Gaudí! What an artist! His works are incredible, so detailed and what an imagination! Karla's knowledge and explanation opened up his world to me!

Always enjoy Karla's lectures as they introduce new facets of each artists' life.

Her vast knowledge and her great enthusiasm are great when giving the lectures

Would you recommend Karla Darocas teaching and books to others? * 

Absolutely recommend her classes!!!"

Diane Santiago, Javea

LECTURE REVIEW - ANTONI GAUDI *Part One*

"Just finished the first class on Antoni Gaudi.  I have been a fan of Gaudi's work for many years and this class was a stunner. I had so many "OH" moments during the class. I think it's because Karla has such an excellent grasp of architecture, that she easily puts his work into the context of the broader whole. It makes it that much more interesting. 

I am really looking forward to part 2 next week. 

I just want to thank Karla for enhancing my "old" brain with this wonderful knowledge. Pure pleasure!!! Her knowledge of the subject and her great tidbits add so much to the lecture. What a gift!

I absolutely recommend Karla Darocas's teaching. "

- Mimi from Valencia

LECTURE REVIEW - ANTONI GAUDI *Part One*

"Everyone knows "Gaudi". This is what I thought, myself. But Karla's lecture on Gaudi's first years as an architect was just astonishing. 

Understanding his motivations and discovering his incredible imagination, Karla opened my eyes to what he would later develop. For example, Gaudi's materials - brick, ironwork, tiles... were physically made and used so artistically. I realize I have everything to learn about him.

Karla is knowledgeable in her domain and transmits her knowledge with ease. I recommend her lectures. "

-Jo Jouas, Denia