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Madrid Museums

I arrived in Madrid, dropped my bags off into a luggage locker, and took the metro into the city. I was lucky enough to manage to get a room in Hostal Cosmopolitan, which I stayed in last time, as it's clean, cheap, and right in the centre of Madrid, Sol.

It's been 7 years since I was last in Madrid and sadly it's no longer the tourist backwater that it was then. I spent Saturday wandering around the city's streets, soaking in the lovely architecture, and atmosphere, of central Spain, and yesterday I got up early and went off to some of my favourite museums.

I visited the Prado first, which in addition to its fantastic resident collection by Velazquez, was showing the first Spanish exhibition devoted to Manet. The most bizarre painting there, however, has to be 'San Bernando y la Virgen' by Alonso Cano, which depicts a statue of The Virgin lactating from the altar into the saint's mouth as he kneels below.

Intrigued, I continued to Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid's answer to modern art. Picasso's 'Guernica' takes pride of place, as well as a suitably large collection of Dali, though the most interesting exhibit for me was Carles Congost's digital photograph, 'A.M.E.R.I.C.A.', a study of American life, as well as several works by Yves Klein in my favourite shade of blue.


I mite be wrong ,but is it Manet or Monet?

Hi Carita,

An easy mistake to make.

Edouard Manet born Paris 1832 dead by 1883
was a print maker and painter into realism
but caught the impressionism bug. while

Claudie boy Monet 1840 to 1926 was " just"
an impressionist. Better than me though I
used to do an impression of a worthog then I
gave up beer ;)

Love and Kisses

cornish dragon

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