Some News About You, Dear Readers 2

Weighing and measuring

When we first considered publishing an English-language online magazine about Spain we expected that most of our readers would be northern Europeans, people from cold climes who are familiar with Spain and might even have been here on holidays. We thought they would be British, Germans, Scandinavians, French, Belgians and Dutch, along with a few Americans, Russians, Japanese and Chinese. As a lot of these people already know Spain we thought we might be able to lure them gently to take a deeper look at the country and maybe even consider it as a place to set up housekeeping. We know that’s a good idea. We’ve done it ourselves.



Commented Works from the Prado: Articulated Mannequin by Albrecht Dürer (?) Reply


The Prado Museum in Madrid offers us another of their intimate little video jewels. On the occasion of the exhibit “Cloistered Beauty, From Fra Angelico to Fortuny” (La belleza encerrada. De Fra Angelico a Fortuny) in the museum, Spanish sculptor Juan Bordes comments on a delightful little piece attributed–with some doubt–to Albrect Durer, ca. 1525. In this five-minute video Bordes contributes the special sensitivity of the working artist to his commentary, emphasizing the charm of the small formats of all the work in this exhibit, works that “attract us like a magnet and communicate their message clearly as we’re standing before them. More…

Dali, Master of Surrealism 1

Salvador DaliA Video Glimpse of the Spanish Surrealist

Salvador Dalí, along with Picasso and Miró, one of the 20th-century trio of most-renowned Spanish artists, has left us a powerful autobiographical memorial in the museum he designed for himself in his home town. Dalí inaugurated the Teatre-Museu Gala Salvador Dalí in Figueres (figs in Catalan) in 1974 when he was 70 years old. It represents a journey through the this surrealist master’s convoluted (some would say “twisted”) world and receives visitors from all over the world.

Dalí’s work can also be seen in Madrid, where he studied fine art in the early 1920’s, in the Reina Cristina Museum, as well as in two of the artist’s residences, an extended fisherman’s cottage in Port Lligat on the Mediterranean shore near Roses, and in the castle In the village of Púbol that he bought for his wife, Gala. Dalí never lived there, though Gala granted him occasional visits. She died in 1982 and is buried in a crypt in her castle. Púbol is the third point on the so-called “Dalinian Triangle,” along with Figueres and Cadaqués. More…

Juliet Wilson-Bareau Comments on Goya Self Portrait in Prado Reply

Juliet–London-based art historian and curator, Juliet Wilson-Bareau finds important qualities and insights in a small self portrait by Goya in the current exhibit in the Prado Museum, “La belleza encerrada. De Fra Angelico a Fortuny”, “Beauty Enclosed. From Fra Angelico to Fortuny”  in the Prado from May 21-November 10, 2013. The painting is “Autorretrato” (1796 – 1797),” “Self Portrait” de Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. According to Wilson-Bareau the painting was done during a visit to the Duchess of Alba on her estates in San Lucar de Barrameda in Andalucía, and he gave it to her as a gift. At that same time he might have been preparing the preliminary drawings for his first series of prints, “Los Caprichos.” More…

Francisco Goya – The First Modern Artist? – 3/3 2

by Bart Sedgebear

A Four-Part Series

Goya self2The Disasters of War series is traditionally divided into four parts: one introductory print, forty six portraying the horrors of war, seventeen with scenes of hunger in Madrid (though the city is not clearly alluded to in the images), and sixteen prints at the end of the series called Los caprichos enfáticos, “The Emphatic Follies.”

Goya’s introductory print to this series succinctly sums up what is to follow, both in his series of etchings and in world history. It depicts an imploring kneeling figure of a defenseless man who finds himself caught in the crossroads of the paths of glory trampled by psychotic politicians, generals and businessmen. More…

Goya – Crazy Like A Genius 2

 Robert Hughes

This Goya documentary is doubly delightful, first for the genius of the artist, and then for the engaging presentation by the Australian art critic who made it. Throughout his brilliant international career Robert Hughes was refreshing because he shunned the jargon of the art world and created his own plain-spoken language for dealing with art. More…

The Summit of Spanish Culture: Introduction to the Prado Museum 1

Prado Museum facadeMadrid’s Prado Museum, housing one of the world’s great art collections, is particularly rich in the work of European masters–“…paintings loved by painters,” someone has said. It includes works by Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens and many more. Traditionally the building was capable of displaying some 900 works but, after the enlargement directed by Spanish architect, Rafael Moneo, in 2007 that number has risen to 1,150 paintings, out of a total of some 8,600 in the museum’s vaults. More…

Time Flies When You’re Having a Good Time! Reply

Palace Aranjuez

See  if you don’t enjoy this four-and-a-half -minute timelapse video that offers quick glimpses of aspects of  Spanish culture. You’ll see architecture, theatre, museums, music and dance, ancient monuments, and painting . This video covers a lot of ground, but it will whet your appetite.  The day-to-night time lapses are particularly evocative. More…