Living Paintings

Mysterious Women and their stories

Suitable for: Book Clubs

Three mysterious women and they all have a secret – can you discover what they were hiding? Play detective and delve deeper into the paintings.

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The lady is a young Spanish beauty, enveloped in a luxurious fur stole. Her portrait is a half-length one; her body is slightly inclined towards the left-hand side of the picture and her head is very slightly turned to the left. She looks towards the viewer with a pair of strikingly large, black and lively eyes. Round her head she wears a silk headscarf which also wraps around her throat and covers the upper part of her chest. Her fur covers the rest of her body apart from her hand which appears from between the stole where the two sides of it meet, and seems to be caressing the soft fur. Round her wrist is a deep, lace cuff, reddish brown in colour. On her fourth finger is a ring with an amber stone.
Her figure is posed before a brown background, so dark that it's almost black. The colours El Greco has used are a symphony of creamy white, beige, umber and dark, dark brown. This enhances the rosy red of her lips and the flush of pink on her cheeks.

What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Coloured picture book of the raised images. Guidance Notes to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
Lady in a Fur Wrap by El Greco
A Bar at the Folies Bergere by Edouard Manet

What our members say

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All my students enjoyed this lesson As a group we discussed the artist and had a practical session painting faces - some students used clay. All of my students enjoyed this lesson. Book Club Leader
One of the best This album was very informative and thoroughly enjoyed by the whole group. We discussed the 3 different women in the album and reminisced. We would have liked some larger images other than the post cards. Library Member
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