A Taste of Art: Barcelona


 Monday 26th September                Monday 3rd October                     Monday 10th October

      Medieval Barcelona                            Pablo Picasso                         Fantasy Comes from the                  A World Apart                         The Barcelona Years                          Ghosts: Gaudí and

                                                                                                                              Catalan Architects

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After the successes of A Taste of Art; Madrid, Paris, New York and London, our next series will begin on Monday 26th September, 2022.

This series, consisting of three lectures, will be entitled A Taste of Art: Barcelona, and will explore the formation of a distinct Catalan identity in Medieval Barcelona, Picasso's formative years in the city around the turn of the 20th century, and the development of a truly unique architectural style in the modern city, under the remarkable trio of Antoni Gaudí, Domenech i Muntaner, and Puig i Cadafalch.


The lectures will be 'live', via Zoom Webinar on consecutive Monday early evenings, at 6pm UK time (GMT). Each lecture lasts about 50 minutes, after which we will answer questions you can type in to the Zoom system.

Please note: The lectures will be recorded and available to view on demand for up to 72 hours after the end of each lecture, so you can enjoy them no matter where in the world you are or what time of day suits you best.ter which I will answer questions you can type into the Zoom facility. 

How to Sign Up

To participate in any one of the lectures or in the series of three lectures, simply click on the relevant 'Buy Now' button below, depending on whether you want to sign up for the full course of three lectures, for £30, or for individual lectures, at £12 each. You can also invite a friend to one lecture of your choosing, at a cost of £6.


A Taste of Art: Barcelona - Course of Three Lectures (see individual titles below)

This exploration of art and architecture both in Barcelona and about Barcelona will begin by exploring developments in art and architecture during the formative Medieval period of Catalan 'nationhood'. It will then focus on the 'modern' era, when Picasso spent nearly ten years in the city around the turn of the 20th Century, before leaving for Paris. Finally it will examine the origins and meanings behind the distinctive and unique style of architecture developed in the city in the late 19th Century by Antoni Gaudí, Domenech i Muntaner, and Puig i Cadafalch.

Join us on this exploration of one of the greatest cities of art in the world.

Course cost £30.

Lecture 1: 'Medieval Barcelona: A World Apart’  (Monday 26th September. 6pm UK time - GMT)

Catalonia has a long and turbulent history of continuous opposition, emphasising always its separate culture and language. Its medieval architecture and art reflect this search for a distinct identity during its early, formative years.

We will explore this theme in Catalan Romanesque architecture, in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona, which contains the most complete collection of 13th to 15th century buildings in Europe, and in the exceptional collection at the National Museum of Catalan Art (MNAC), which has the finest group of pre-Giotto, pre-Renaissance painted murals in Europe.

Lecture cost £12.


Lecture 2: ‘Pablo Picasso: The Barcelona Years' (Monday 3rd October. 6pm UK time - GMT)

Picasso’s years in Barcelona provide an excellent source of understanding for his developing confidence and style enabling him ultimately to head for Paris. This lecture will focus primarily on his ‘Blue Period’, and his depictions of a Bohemian lifestyle which give us an insight to the city, its landmarks, cafes and rooftops as well as the important friends he makes as he learns his trade as a painter.

To enhance this lecture, we will explore the beautiful Picasso Museum in Barcelona, which opened in 1963, is housed in five adjoining medieval palaces and contains over 4,000 of his works.

Lecture cost £12.


Lecture 3: ‘Fantasy Comes From The Ghosts: Gaudí and Catalan Architects' (Monday 10th October. 6pm UK time - GMT)

Antoni Gaudí is well known and much loved. In this lecture, his work will be explored in detail. It will be shown how he engaged with nature and worked with extraordinary ceramicists, iron workers, tilers and decorative artists. We will look at his public and private buildings and his relationship with a wealthy and demanding patron. Private shy and retiring he was also humorous and witty in his extravagant style.

However, it will also be the aim of this lecture to uncover some of the other architects working in Barcelona over the turn of the twentieth century; Domenech i Muntaner and Puig i Cadafalch. Attention will be paid to several significant and ravishing buildings and some less well-known buildings in Barcelona.

Lecture cost £12.

Invite a Friend

You can invite a friend to one lecture of your choosing, at half price. Click the Buy Now button to complete your purchase and we will e-mail you for contact details for your friend, and the name of the lecture you'd like to offer them.

Cost £6. 

When we receive notification of your payment, we will also receive details of the e-mail address associated with your PayPal account, and will send you an e-mail acknowledging receipt.


If you haven't used Zoom before, it's easy. The later e-mail we will send you, a day or so before the lecture is due to start, will include the Zoom Webinar link. On the date of the lecture you simply click on the link - approximately 15 minutes before the start time of 6pm UK time - and when Zoom Webinar opens you follow the on-screen instructions.

See also Jacqueline's book,  ‘A Taste of Art: London’ (Unicorn Press 2019)