Saturday, 7 May 2016
The Pomegranate Virgin: from a private collection to The Prado museum, its due home, thanks to the present duke of Alba (yes, it is a real person). (I was so surprised to hear this piece of news, I had been lucky to see this painting and after initial speechlessness followed by some ohs, ahhs, wows, OMGs... I could not stop repeating to myself "this should be in The Prado")
The Hug, by Juan Genovés to the Congress building(I would like to conduct a world survey: Does this painting inspire any feelings to you?
If so, what kind? )
Ceiling frescoes of Saint Nicholas Church in Valencia restored. Judge for yourself if they deserve the nomination as "Spain's Sixtine Chapel")
Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition
El Prado Museum, 31.05.2016 - 11.09.2016
The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. As the landscape changed from brown to green, the army awakened, and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumours. It cast its eyes upon the roads, which were growing from long troughs of liquid mud to proper thoroughfares. A river, amber-tinted in the shadow of its banks, purled at the army's feet; and at night, when the stream had become of a sorrowful blackness, one could see across it the red, eyelike gleam of hostile camp-fires set in the low brows of distant hills.
opening lines of "The red badge of courage", by Stephen Crane