The next few posts will be about Spain since I just returned from a 9 day trip and the country is beautiful - the sites, the food, the dancing, the weather. I was overwhelmed by the Prado, Reina Sofia, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Caixa Forum (the Guggenheim Bilbao deserves its own post).
I wish that I had been able to take photographs of the art.
I learned that I love Velazquez. His paintings are so rich and intense.
I was also thrilled that the special exhibit in the Prado were pieces from The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. I've wanted to visit since watching the film "Russian Ark" - a 2002 Russian historical drama film, filmed entirely in the Winter Palace of the Russian State Hermitage Museum using a single 96-minute Steadicam sequence shot.
Seeing Guernica was a moment of such profound feeling. The grief in the painting was tangible and very real. I was so grateful to have seen it.