Things we saw at the Museo del Prado

Thursday, March 2, 2017 4 Permalink 0

Visiting the Prado in Madrid was one of the major museum experiences of this major museum junkie’s life.

There were tears and there was laughter. There were feet so sore we barely made it to the end, but we saw every room, every piece on exhibit. Every single one.

M was a trooper! It probably helped that I was occasionally rendered speechless. At one point I worked my way to the front of a crowd huddled around something, and found myself face to face with Bosch’s Prince of Hell gulping down a body. I was standing not more than 40cm from the right side of the triptych (I happened to be on the hell side, but of course). I grew dizzy, not even having known The Garden of Earthly Delights was in the museum, and there it was – enormous, iconic beyond all imagination, after a lifetime of seeing memes and imitations, and here was the original, within an arm’s reach. The spirit soars! And the body stumbles in humility.

Here is a sampling lifted from the web, as personal photos were not allowed in the museum. That Hieronymus Bosch is included. All these and thousands of other famous pieces of art sit inside the unassuming 18th century building on the edge of the park.

I will never forget the day we saw them: Dürer, Raphael, El Greco, Rubens, Goya, Velázquez… all in one place.

  • Bobbi Bowman
    March 2, 2017

    I saw this one a year and a half ago and it lived up to it’s hype in my mind. I was particularly wanting to see Goya and Velazquez. I didn’t have much time and was definitely not as educated in advance as you were but I was still glad to have seen it and I don’t recall the details but I was able to get in at a time when it was not yet open to general public.. (maybe there was an hour before the rush began?) .some special ticket so that made it really great.

  • Claudia
    March 2, 2017

    Yes, I see sex & violence and little food. I love receiving these kinds of posts from you. I abhors your political posts, but did not cancel you. Somehow how I knew the original Charlie would return. Haven’t heard. Ugh about Frenchcookkng/meals lately.😊😊

  • JennyOH
    March 2, 2017

    Basically all my favorites! I knew the Velasquezes, Durers, Goyas (The Dog!!), and El Grecos were at the Prado but forgot about Bosch. I want to see these in person some day!

  • Alan Hurley
    March 2, 2017

    Oh, wow, you didn’t know The Garden of Earthly Delights was in the Prado? ! It’s the SINGLE THING in Spain I most want to see. No exaggeration. It’s either my #2 or #3 favorite painting in the world, depending on my mood.

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