It has become common practice for bloggers to do a give away every now and then to their loyal readers..SO, the first person to respond in the comment section at the bottom of the blog telling me which of these 5 is their favorite and why will receive a book on the Prado Museum as a gift from me...so get your art glasses on (remember you can click on the picture to make it larger to really study it) and let me know which one you love and what it is that you respond to in the painting...Enjoy!
I love the juxtaposition of the new addition with the shrub covered roof with the old building
I am now an urn and statue freak after seeing all of the ones in Spain! these are on the front facade of the Prado
Tim and I were very lucky to have a "guide" with us to see the Prado...our Madrilleno friend Antonio Sanchez Casado who worked in the furniture department of the Prado for a few years and has written books on art took us through the museum....focusing primarily on the masters Goya, El Greco, and Velasquez, we got a wonderful Spanish history lesson through the art...
I am not one to long to look at religious art so you will see that my favorites are not of that sort...
I am now OBSESSED with the paintings of Patinir, an artist I knew about but had not been fortunate of to be exposed to...the use of varying shades of intense blues is fantastic!
Joachim Patinir (1480-1524)
Landscape with Saint Jerome
Oil on Panel
Here again, one of my favorite pieces from the entire trip....
El Bosco (1450-1516)
The Garden of Earthly Delights
Oil on Panel Triptych
View of the Gardens at the Villa Medici, Rome
Oil on Canvas
Another painter whose work I had not seen before, Aureliano de Beruete:
Aureliano de Beruete (1845-1912)
Oil on Canvas
and the master, de Goya!
Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)
The Strolling Players
Oil on Tin Plate
Don't forget to pick your favorite and let me know which it is....