The natural magic of La Gomera is not only an attraction for all those who visit our island, but it has also served and continues to serve as an inspiration for artists who, since the fifteenth century, have used the beauty of the island for their creations.
Art in La Gomera can be found in every place you visit and there are different artistic expressions that represent it. One of the enclaves that have been used for this purpose is the Pescante de Hermigua, which at the beginning of the 19th century gave birth to an opera. It was the German Baroness Catalina von Pommer Esché who, amazed by the construction, created an opera in three acts, which was premiered in Berlin in 1911, and which deals with the conquest of La Gomera by the Spaniards.
José Aguiar, considered the most important Spanish muralist of the 20th century, also drew inspiration from this magical island. His “Romería de San Juan”, dated 1924, is the mural that decorates the plenary hall of the island’s town hall.
Several poets have found their muse in La Gomera, such as Pedro García Cabrera, whose walks through the streets of Vallehermoso inspired the verses that he left behind in his book of poems, “Viaje por la isla”.
Manuel Navarro Rolo, another poet from the island, but in this case from Valle Gran Rey, immortalised in his “Décimas de Telemaco” the shipwreck of a vessel that left the pier of the beach of Vueltas for Venezuela.
As well as being the birthplace of artists, La Gomera is also a place where you can find inspiration. One of the ideal places for this is the Church of the Apostle Santiago in Playa de Santiago. There, the light coming through a medieval French Gothic stained glass window, donated by Thomas Olsen, creates a special atmosphere for all who visit.
On your next trip come and discover the art of La Gomera on our magical island. We are waiting for you!