Some news from Spain CXII

And here I am again back to my dear Spain. Lots of things going on as time is of the essence for stepping out! We are carefully monitoring the finishing of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium to go to my dear Madrid!!! For now from my breton neck of the woods , this is another episode of some news from Spain; brought to you by yours truly with care. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The Prado Museum’s sensitivity to 17C Spanish painting explains the pictorial, iconographic and even detective interest of the exhibition dedicated to Murillo. It impresses the vicissitudes of the paintings and the outcome that has allowed them to be recovered since they came out in 1867. Queen Isabel II then agreed to give them to Pope Pius IX. And the Vatican sold them to a British collector, the Earl of Dudley, although the Murillos, like the false currency, would pass from hand to hand until they settled in Ireland owned by the Beit family. They were not safe. They ‘survived’ a fire. The IRA Stole them in 1974 . And the illustrious criminal Martin Cahill stole them again in 1986, in such a way that the kind Beit finally agreed to donate them to the National Gallery Museum. The collaboration consists of the pictorial and artistic interest of a Dublin loan that can be enjoyed in Madrid until January 23 2022, webpage: https://www.museodelprado.es/en/whats-on/exhibition/murillos-the-prodigal-son-and-the-art-of/762c7a6f-2cb8-fcdc-0eb7-8eea50406b18

A painting from the series ‘Musketeer with a pipe’ that Pablo Picasso painted in 1968 will go on sale in November at Christie’s in New York for an initial price of $30 million (25.8 million euros), as the firm itself has reported in a statement, The oil painting ‘Musketeer with a pipe II’ (with dimensions of 146 by 96.5 centimeters) contains the artist’s signature in the upper right corner and is dated November 5, 1968. According to Christie’s until now it was the property of a distinguished American collector who, for the moment, does not wish to reveal his identity. Webpage : https://www.liveauctioneers.com/c/art/pablo-picasso/1/18755/

The appearance of the Roman wall solves the great archaeological mystery of Sevilla ! The construction of the 3C, whose layout until now was hypothesis, is in front of the City Hall, 2.10 meters below the ground ! Since archeology was born as a historical discipline, in the middle of the 18C, researchers have put forward the most varied hypotheses about the route of the wall of the Romula Híspalis colony, a great work cited by Julio Cesar and by other written sources, but which no one, until now, had found. At number 11 Plaza de San Francisco, in front of the Plateresque façade of the City Hall, 2.10 meters below the current level of the street, they have unearthed large limestone ashlars from the project for the construction of a hotel, they began to excavate from there and went down almost three meters more until they reached a linear segment of 9.30 meters of wall from the middle of the 3C. with a total width of 4.80 meters, the result of the addition of a 1.70 meter high plinth and the preserved elevation of the wall, 3.25 wide in the section that has been discovered during the construction works from the service basement of a five-star luxury hotel that will open in September 2022 part of the Millenium Hotels Real Estate,webpage: https://www.milleniumhotelsrealestate.com/en/assets/plaza-magdalena/

The prize Planeta was, with its 601,000 euros, the prize best endowed with Spanish letters, accompanied by the tagline, “only surpassed by the Nobel.” This will have been the case until this edition: by surprise, the president of Grupo Planeta, Josep Creuheras, has announced that the award will now award its winner one million euros. The Planeta thus narrowly exceeds the Nobel prize, which is around 980,000 euros. The million euros comes in the year in which the award breaks records for originals presented, 654 novels, a clear trace of the recent covid past: it is 11% higher than those presented in 2020 (582 originals) the celebration of an edition round as it is the 70th anniversary with the presence of the Kings of Spain The group also owns the Casa del Libro chain of bookstores, and despite the ravages of the pandemic, the objective is still to extend the network even further : This year five bookstores have been opened and the forecast is to open another six next year.Great !! webpage: https://www.premioplaneta.es/

The portrait of José de Toro-Zambrano, first director of the Banco de San Carlos, painted by Goya ,was the first portrait that Goya would paint for the Banco de San Carlos, an exhibition with which a brand new exhibition space is inaugurated in the heart of the Golden Mile of art in Madrid, which adds carats to the Paseo del Prado-Recoletos axis, recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. On a corner of the Plaza de Cibeles, flanked by the Paseo del Prado and Calle de Alcalá, stands one of the most outstanding buildings in Madrid: the Bank of Spain, its splendid collection, made up of more than 5,300 works (paintings, sculptures , drawings, photographs, prints and pieces of decorative arts), divided into two sets: the historical part (20%) and the contemporary (80%). , A collection that has Francisco de Goya as its standard. A treasure that in the almost 240 years of the institution’s history, only bank workers and those who attended guided tours have been able to enjoy (yes!!). The opening sequence will be ; first, in the middle of the pandemic, the raison d’être, in three volumes, of the collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures of the Bank of Spain, with 1,200 works. Later those of engraving and decorative arts will be undertaken. A heritage web portal was also launched. And now open to the public, which was inaugurated by the King. It will be free to access, although for now you have to reserve tickets ‘online’. This is a small room with capacity for 80 persons ; barely 350 square meters, divided between a central room and two adjoining triangular rooms, The exhibition will run to February 26, 2022, The singularities of the collections of the Bank of Spain prevail. 28 paintings, a sculpture, a drawing, 7 pieces of decorative arts and 96 documents from the Historical Archive and Library of the Bank of Spain are exhibited. They date back to the Banco de San Carlos (founded in 1782), whose leaders commissioned the most powerful artists of the time to portray the Kings, heads of state, finance ministers, directors and governors of the institution, which decorated different rooms of its headquarters. . It is one of the best galleries of official portraits in Spain. Over the years, funds from the Bank of San Fernando and the Bank of Isabel II were added, from whose merger the current Bank of Spain would be born in 1856. Webpage :https://coleccion.bde.es/wca/es/secciones/coleccion/

We are almost five hundred million, or what seems the same, four hundred and ninety-three million (four more than in 2020), 6.5% of the world population, That is the headline that throws the traditional yearbook published by the Cervantes Institute every October , Which does not hide the weight of inertia in this success as projections indicate that the Spanish-speaking community will continue to grow gradually until 2068, when it will exceed the seven hundred and twenty-six million, with different degrees of command of the language. The Spanish in the world. Cervantes Institute Yearbook 2021. According to Cervantes, Spanish is the native language of 493 million people; only Mandarin Chinese has more. If you add to the account those non-native speakers but who have some linguistic competence, the figure rises to 591 million people. English and Chinese are ahead. The language appears as the second preferred language in educational programs in the United Kingdom and the United States and in 18 of the 27 states of the European Union. The White House has relaunched its website in Spanish, the language that represents 7.5% of the world’s population, 9% of global GDP and will soon be spoken by 27% of Americans. Spanish is also the third most used language on the internet and the second on channels such as YouTube, Netflix or Spotify. There you go, yo lo sabia !!! Webpage : https://www.cervantes.es/sobre_instituto_cervantes/prensa/2021/noticias/anuario-IC-2021.htm

It has plenty of titles: pretty and historical complex … this year it adds one more: the most beautiful in Castilla y León. The town San Felipe de los Gallegos transport the visitor back to the Middle Ages. It is a very well preserved villa. The legendary foundation of San Felices takes place in the year 690. Felix, who was Bishop of Porto, ordered the founding of a town here in honor of his saint. And since he brought a Galician colony with him, he has just completed the name. So we are the town of the three lies: we are neither saints, nor are we happy, nor are we Galicians “.hehehe !

San Felices de los Gallegos is ‘The most beautiful town in Castilla y León‘, after winning the Castilla y León Television contest in the category of town with less than 1,000 inhabitants. It was Don Dionís, the Portuguese king, who after seizing the town of San Felices in 1296 built the fortress on a promontory that dominates the entire plain. It was between the end of the 13C and the first decade of the 14C. The old fence is preserved from that time, although the castle had up to five walled enclosures. The town would return to Castilian hands in the year 1326 and there begins the parade from one owner to another. Among its noblest inhabitants, Leonor de Albuquerque, mother of four kings and grandmother of Fernando ,the Catholic. ( later husband of Isabel the Catholic) Although it would be the Casa de Alba, at the beginning of the 16C, which would give it a more palatial appearance. In the 20C it was abandoned. To such an extent that some neighbors took possession of it with the intention of selling it stone by stone to a quarry. Angel de Dios prevented it by buying it from Alba’s house , The castle was inherited by his son Francisco, a priest who donated it to the town in 2013 for its use and enjoyment. Today, any curious person can climb its keep. San Felices also has two stunning churches. Everything is two steps away. One belongs to the Augustinian convent of La Pasión. There are only seven sisters, but they continues to make her sweets: puff pastry, peeled, perronillas … they have a huge poster with all the offer on the façade. The route continues along Nuestra Señora entre dos Álamos, which is surprising due to its large size. Opposite, you have to stop at the peculiar Bell Tower, another of the town’s landmarks. The Casa de los Mayorazgos, one of the largest civil buildings. One is the stonework museum and the other is the Oil Museum, called El Lagar del Mudo. With a meticulous restoration, this mill built in the 18C preserves all the charm of yesteryear and tells in detail the immemorial history of olive cultivation in this land. Or all the way by car, a thrill !! webpage: http://www.salamancaemocion.es/es/destinos/las-arribes/nuestros-pueblos/san-felices-de-los-gallegos

Circusland, covers 250 years of the history of the greatest show in the world through 6,000 pieces inside an old monastery in the Girona town of Besalú. It has the largest collection of stamps on this theme, the largest miniature circus on the planet and haute couture garments of famous clowns. the first professional museum on the circus in Europe, just opened in Besalú, the beautiful medieval town of Garrotxa in Girona, with its photogenic 11C Old Bridge over the River Fluvià as one of its main architectural emblems. Another of them is the old Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere, in whose Casa del Abad (later it would become a textile factory), the new 1,500-square-meter exhibition complex now stands (and the idea is to expand it to 10,000) divided into three plants. The tour of Circusland is made through 60,000 pieces including costumes, posters, photographs, stamps, engravings, postcards, autographs, books, porcelain, sculptures … They are divided into different specialties, from illusionism to acrobatics, comedy, magic, juggling or animal artists. Not surprisingly, here is the largest collection of philately on thecircus theme on the planet, with more than 900 stamps from 115 countries signed by illustrious artists such as Picasso, Chéret or Toulouse-Lautrec. Without forgetting the 27 haute couture dresses used by different clowns of the Cara Blanca typology, made between 1950 and 1980 by the prestigious Maison Vicaire tailor shop in Paris. Note: Each garment took more than 400 hours to make. What’s more, there is no such professional museum in Europe, and there are only two in the world, both in the United States, in Florida and Wisconsin. The question is: why is Besalú the headquarters of the museum? “In Girona and Catalonia in general there is a lot of tradition for this discipline. Here is the Golden Elephant Circus, one of the five most important in the world, the Great Girona Christmas Circus and the Circus World Market fair”, says the director of Circusland, who is also a jury member of the main international festivals of this type of show, as well as the first doctor in History of Circus in Europe. Circusland. Plaza del Prat de Sant Pere, 15, Besalú (Girona). Webpage:  https://circusland.org/en/inicial-3/

One more year, and for just one day, the Teatro Real will be the setting for the Madrid Fado Festival, an event that will feature the presence of three of the great stars of this musical genre, Carminho, (she sang duo with Pablo Alboràn !) Camané and Teresinha Landeiro. In its eleventh edition, it will pay tribute to the cradle of fado: Lisbon, with a complete program that will revolve around the Portuguese capital, the cultural epicenter of the life of fado. Teatro Real ,Plaza de Isabel II, s / n. Sunday October 17, from 10h. Admission 0 to 20 euros. Webpage : https://www.teatroreal.es/en/show/festival-fado-madrid-2021

Gettysburg, 1863 is the name of the original exhibition in the Moda Shopping Mall in Madrid that recalls the famous battle of the American Civil War with 11 dioramas and more than 500 authentic objects, relics and replicas of weapons, ammunition, documents, maps and different belongings of the contest. Moda Shopping Mall ,Avenida. General Perón, 38-40. Shown until October 31, 2021 Free !.Great fashion/moda shopping center too near the Santiago Bernabeu stadium of Real Madrid CF !! webpage :https://www.modashopping.com/8695/gettysburg-1863

There you go folks, another dandy from my dandy Spain. Hope you are all ready to go, it is a welcome sign to come to Spain, everything under the Sun!!! And remember,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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