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22 June 2011

Journey through Spain Part II

I wished I had read Michael Kimmelman's "postcard" from The Prado Museum sometime before I visited it.  While I can identify with his description of the crowds around "Las Meninas," I would have liked to have been clued into this little gem of a painting.by Velasquez.  I am not saying I didn't see it, but I don't recall seeing it, as we stuffed as much as we could into our one afternoon there.

Also, if we had known that we could only see Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" on that Sunday or Monday at Museo Reina Sofia (as it is closed on Tuesdays and we left Madrid Wednesday a.m.), perhaps we would have missed Museo de Arte Thyssen-Bornemisza or some of the other places around which we wandered.  Again, I probably have seen "Guernica" in person before, perhaps during its time at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.  However, now that is returned to Spain, the context is different, is it not?

Madrid is certainly one place in Spain where we would return to spend more time.

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