Madrid


While traveling in the Castillian plain region of Spain I decided to visit the grand metropolis of Madrid and its museums. I stayed in the hotel “Lope De Vega” which is across the street from the Museo del Prado.

The Prado features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 14th century through the early 19th century as well as Goya's Black Paintings. The Black Paintings are a group of 14 paintings by Goya created in the later years of his life that portray intense, haunting themes.

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina is the official name of Spain's national museum of 20th century art (informally shortened to the Museo Reina Sofía) has a fine collection of the works of Juan Gris, Joan Miró, as well as many others. However, the most famous masterpiece in the museum is Picasso's Guernica .

The Reina Sofia also had a special show of Juan Gris and his paintings covering his entire but short lived career. I have always been a huge fan of his work and it was nice to see such a comprehensive show and be surprised by works of his I have never seen before.

The trip wasn't entirely about museums, it was where I spent my days, but my evenings were occupied with some of the best dance clubs, and restaurants that Madrid had to offer.

CARL