Monday, November 17, 2014

From Pen Show to Prado

As planned, our Sunday was spent in part at the pen show and then in the afternoon at The Prado.

Before going on, however, I must once again thank Alfonso Mur for the wonderful show. For the record, if I possibly can do so I will return, if not in 2015 then in 2016. Fantastic show!

The Prado: despite spending three or four hours there, I cannot say that we saw but a tiny corner of the museum. But what we saw was amazing. Not just the painting, but the mode of exhibition and the interpretation were world class. Just from that brief encounter I undserstand much more about Velásquez and Goya and the evolution of Spanish painting.

San Jeronimo Church

The view from the side facing the church

As were many others, we were enchanted by this classical guitarist
Many tourists wanted pictures taken with Goya.
 

The Prado: despite spending three or four hours there, I cannot say that we saw but a tiny corner of the museum. But what we saw was amazing. Not just the painting, but the mode of exhibition and the interpretation were world class. Just from that brief encounter I undserstand much more about Velásquez and Goya and the evolution of Spanish painting.

Just for reference, we covered about thirty rooms in all
We began with the Cloisters of San Jeronimo, the building itself was incorporated into the Prado butoriginally served the church across the street. Among other things it houses some sculpture and was the only place I was able to take pictures.



From there we went into the main Villanueva building and barely saw what the museum has to offer. We were greatly hindered by the fact that jet lag (SF to Ohio, back to SF, and then to Madrid in two weeks) finally caught up with me big time. I was exhausted and just barely ambulatory. But still the museum rocked me. Sharon was in heaven, but concerned for my state of advanced debility.

The front at the end of the day
Apartments facing the museum. Nice, huh?


Monday morning we made our way to the Atocha railway station and after one false start were able to get our SEAT Ibiza (there’s a reason they don’t export these cars). We then covered about 400 km to Bilbao, there on Tuesday to tour the Guggenheim and with time left look at this city founded as a 14th century commercial hub which grew to become the unofficial capital of the Basque territory. Wednesday, Zaragosa on our way to Barcelona.




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