Curiosities of Madrid !!

Looking at my vault, found some older pictures on paper and took my electronic camera to take picture of the pictures and use them in my blog. This allows me to show in my blog places not shown or pics with new angles of places shown in the blog. Nostalgia sets in and here I go on the curiosities of Madrid !!

The Prado Museum has the most complete collection of Spanish painting in the world. The visit can begin with the 11th century, with the Mozarabic frescoes in the San Baudelio church in Berlanga The Golden Age is largely represented by works by Ribera, Zurbarán and Murillo helping us to understand the context in which the painting appeared by Velásquez, which culminates in the paintings Las Meninas and The Spinners, also on display at the museum. Italian painting, essential for understanding the passage from medieval art to the Renaissance, also shows a very strong influence on Spanish Baroque art. The Flemish school is very well represented, due to the political links between the Spanish monarchy and Flanders. The old Villanueva building houses a large part of the painting, sculpture and decorative arts collections. Adjoining the rear facade, around the cloister of Los Jerónimos, built several rooms dedicated to temporary exhibitions and restoration workshops, as well as an auditorium, cafeteria, restaurant and offices. Another of the museum buildings is El Casón: this was the former ballroom of the now defunct Buen Retiro Palace. Nowadays, this space houses the library and the reading room reserved for researchers. Early on my twins on pic below.

Madrid Prado mus Velazquez statue et twins

The official Prado Museum

The Palacio de Cristal del Retiro park is an emblematic example of what is known as iron architecture in Madrid. Originally designed as a gigantic greenhouse to house tropical plants for the Philippine Islands Exposition of 1887, the building is now one of the headquarters of the Reina Sofía Museum hosting temporary exhibitions.

Madrid Retiro palacio de cristal over pond

The official Reina Sofia Museum on Palacio de Cristal

The Palace of Velázquez was built in Retiro Park between 1881 and 1883 on the occasion of the National Mining Exhibition, which took place in the city from May to November 1883 It is a building covered with a glass roof supported by iron vaults which allow the rooms to be lit naturally. it was built with bricks of two colors, as well as with earthenware from the Royal Factory of La Moncloa. Currently, it belongs to the Ministry of Culture, which uses it as a temporary exhibition hall for the Reina Sofía Museum. Early on my twins below pic.

Madrid Retiro palacio de Velazquez twins

The official Reina Sofia Museum on the Velazquez

There you go folks, a walk of nostalgia from my very earlier trips to and within Spain. The wonders of Spain, everything under the sun, that still rings many nice memories to my mind on each stretch of meter I take on it. Hope you enjoy the post as I reviving these old pictures into the life of my blog.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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2 Comments to “Curiosities of Madrid !!”

  1. Thanks for the memory nudge.

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