Visits & Study Days On 27 March 2018  Study Day Morning plus lunch, Toby Faber Fabergé Eggs  2 lectures Before the Revolution: Between 1885 and 1916, Carl Fabergé made fifty jewelled eggs – Easter presents from Russia’s last two emperors to their wives. They have become the most famous surviving symbols of the Romanov Empire: both supreme examples of the jeweller’s art and the vulgar playthings of a decadent court. Given almost total artistic freedom, Fabergé and his designers had to conform to only three rules: that each year’s Easter present should be egg-shaped, that it should contain some surprise to amuse or delight its recipient, and that it should be different from any predecessor. The result was a series of creations demonstrating ingenuity and creativity for which there are few parallels in any other field. After the Revolution: These eggs have become the most famous surviving symbols of the Romanov Empire: both supreme examples of the jeweller’s art and the vulgar playthings of a decadent court. After going missing in the Revolution, most of the eggs re-emerged in the store-rooms of the Kremlin, where they were immediately identified as a source of much- needed foreign exchange. Their subsequent history holds up a mirror to the twentieth century and encompasses Bolsheviks and entrepreneurs, tycoons and heiresses, con-men and queens. Eggs have been sold and smuggled, stolen and forged. Now, as they return to Russia, their history – like that of Russia itself - seems to have come full circle. Then there are the eight eggs which remain missing….  The lecture is illustrated with pictures of the eggs today and their owners, and with archival material showing some of the missing eggs. Great web site showing the eggs in detail 23 May 2018 Visit to Hatfield House. Further details later. The Rainbow Portrait at Hatfield House. 'Perhaps the most colourful Tudor portrait, full of inventive iconography.' Elizabeth holds a rainbow with the inscription “Non sine sole iris”, “No rainbow without the sun”, reminding viewers only the Queen’s wisdom can ensure peace and prosperity. Hatfield House web site Booking forms and more details later. The Art & Architecture of Barcelona, Abbey of Montserrat & Dalí’s Figueres 5 days from £849 Departs 1st November 2017 Four night stay in a 4* hotel in the centre of Barcelona.  Guided coach tour of Barcelona stopping at Gaudi’s Park Güell, visiting Gaudi’s home within Park Güell and then travel on to view the exterior of the church of La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s great unfinished masterpiece (right). Visiting Figueres, the home town of Salvador Dali. With have a guided tour of the Museo Teatro, founded in 1974 and now the most visited museum in Spain. Also visiting Casa Batlló (left) on the prestigious Passeig de Gràcia. Designed by Gaudi for Josep Batlló, a wealthy aristocrat, this extraordinary building was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. Next day a beautiful drive to Montserrat's Benedictine monastery affording dramatic views over Catalonia.  Then in the afternoon a guided tour of the Fundació Joan Miró to explore the permanent collection of graphics, paintings and statues by the surrealist artist Joan Miro. On the final day we have a guided tour of the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) this morning introduces us to one of the most important art collections in the city, ranging from the 11th century Romanesque through the Gothic era to modern art with works by artists such as El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Gaudí, Dalí and Picasso. Click here for the web site for Case Batllo Hotel web site Web site for Park Guell Museo Teatro web site Joan Miro web site Buy tickets for concerts and football! Click here for full itinerary and booking form   Bookings now closed Web site designed, created and maintained by Janet Groome Handshake Computer Training
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Visits & Study Days On 27 March 2018  Study Day Morning plus lunch, Toby Faber Fabergé Eggs  2 lectures Before the Revolution:  Between 1885 and 1916, Carl Fabergé made fifty jewelled eggs – Easter presents from Russia’s last two emperors to their wives. They have become the most famous surviving symbols of the Romanov Empire: both supreme examples of the jeweller’s art and the vulgar playthings of a decadent court. After the Revolution:  After going missing in the Revolution, most of the eggs re-emerged in the store- rooms of the Kremlin, where they were immediately identified as a source of much-needed foreign exchange. Their subsequent history holds up a mirror to the twentieth century and encompasses Bolsheviks and entrepreneurs, tycoons and heiresses, con-men and queens. Eggs have been sold and smuggled, stolen and forged. Now, as they return to Russia, their history – like that of Russia itself - seems to have come full circle. Then there are the eight eggs which remain missing….  The lecture is illustrated with pictures of the eggs today and their owners, and with archival material showing some of the missing eggs. Great web site showing the eggs in detail 23 May 2018 Visit to Hatfield House. Further details later. The Rainbow Portrait at Hatfield House. 'Perhaps the most colourful Tudor portrait, full of inventive iconography.' Elizabeth holds a rainbow with the inscription “Non sine sole iris”, “No rainbow without the sun”, reminding viewers only the Queen’s wisdom can ensure peace and prosperity. Hatfield House web site Booking forms and more details later. The Art & Architecture of Barcelona, Abbey of Montserrat & Dalí’s Figueres 5 days from £849 Departs 1st November 2017 Four night stay in a 4* hotel in the centre of Barcelona.  Guided coach tour of Barcelona stopping at Gaudi’s Park Güell, visiting Gaudi’s home within Park Güell and then travel on to view the exterior of the church of La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s great unfinished masterpiece. Visiting Figueres, the home town of Salvador Dali. With have a guided tour of the Museo Teatro, founded in 1974 and now the most visited museum in Spain. Also visiting Casa Batlló (left) on the prestigious Passeig de Gràcia. Designed by Gaudi for Josep Batlló, a wealthy aristocrat, this extraordinary building was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005. Next day a beautiful drive to Montserrat's Benedictine monastery affording dramatic views over Catalonia.  Then in the afternoon a guided tour of the Fundació Joan Miró to explore the permanent collection of graphics, paintings and statues by the surrealist artist Joan Miro. On the final day we have a guided tour of the collection at Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC) this morning introduces us to one of the most important art collections in the city, ranging from the 11th century Romanesque through the Gothic era to modern art with works by artists such as El Greco, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Gaudí, Dalí and Picasso. Click here for the web site for Case Batllo Hotel web site Web site for Park Guell Museo Teatro web site Joan Miro web site Buy tickets for concerts and football! Bookings now closed
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