Two Thursdays ( September 22nd & 29th 1:00 – 3:00 pm PT)
Corte Madera in-person class
"If you have not seen Granada you have not seen anything."
So says the Spanish adage. We shall visit the city of the pomegranate which is defined by the events of 1492 when the last Moorish King Boabdil surrendered to Ferdinand and Isabella, thus ending the Nasrids domination of the city. We visit the Cathedral designed by Diego de Siloe in a pseudo Italian Renaissance style, and the adjoining Royal Chapel where lie the remains of the Catholic Monarchs and a splendid Sacristy housing masterpieces by artists Hans Memling, Dierk Bouts and Roger van der Weyden. Across the street is the Banuelo, Spain's best preserved Arab bath. More Moorish reminders in the Palacio de la Madraza, originally an Arab University with a well-preserved madrasa. We visit the Albaicin, the most beautiful old city quarter in Andalucia, the Carthusian Monastery with its dazzling Baroque Sacristy, and the Monastery of San Jeronimo founded by the Catholic Monarchs on the site of a Moorish Mosque. It was embellished by Diego de Siloe and is an architectural feast! On to the Alhambra! We will visit this sensual place of space, light, water, and decoration. Highlights are the Hall of the Ambassadors, the Patio of the Lions, the Sala de Dos Hermanos, El Portal, the out- of-step Palace of Charles V and the Sala de los Reyes, where we find three multicolored ceiling paintings with figurative images (portraits, etc.). We end with a walk to the Generalife, the country palace of the Nasrids. Generalife means the garden of lofty paradise. If possible we stay at the Parador Alhambra!
Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years and has led study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been favorites for years.