Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sorolla: Visions of Spain

Today, we attended the Sorolla Exhibition at the Museo Nacional del Prado. Joaquín Sorolla, an early 20th Century Master painter of portraits and landscapes, is receiving well-deserved attention in one of the most important ever organized exhibitions, in Spain and abroad, with regard to the number of works and their quality. The exhibition includes around one hundred paintings by Sorolla, the most internationally known Spanish artist of his day, and provides a comprehensive collection of paintings based on examples of his finest works and the fourteen panels (murals) known as the Vision of Spain painted for The Hispanic Society of America. Being able to behold so many of Sorolla's masterpieces, in the Prado, has been the perfect prelude to our week in Madrid.

[El Baile - one of the fourteen Vision of Spain panels]


  1. Wow it almost looks like a photograph it's so detailed. I just love it. I hope you have a fabulous week in madrid and drink lots of sangria! Mmm!

  2. I just love Madrid. It is such a beautiful city. I hardly remember the Prado museum as Madrid was the last destination city of one and a half week France and Spain tour, and I was so fatigued. But I do remember the botanical gardens in Madrid. They are a must see. A nice place to slow down and relax!

  3. Oh, yeah, you probably already know about this, but Madrid has a HUGE flea market on Saturdays. (I cannot remember the name of it.)You can find wonderful European antiques at a fraction of the cost compared to the Clignancourt flea in Paris. I found a marvelous Spanish loving cup for 10 euros and I about fainted when the man told me the price! Let's just say, that I've never shuffled through my euro stash of bills any faster!

  4. Mandy,
    Thank you for all the great Madrid tips! We will be sure to check out the botanical gardens, and I hope to have a few minutes of flea market time on Saturday before our train ride to Andalusia!

  5. the colors and the dancing are quintessential spain.

  6. you're in Spain...how delightful!
    i always wanted to go and visit Sorolla's house in Madrid and never had the chance

    hope the heat is not too fierce...
    looking forward to your next Spanish posts..

    Enjoy it!

  7. Oh Mel!
    This sounds So fun! I believe the perfect dance is being set for you and your husband~ Have a Wonderful wonderful time! GO go to that flea market Mandy told you about if you can. I can't wait!

  8. The exhibition sounds amazing, and I love this painting! I especially admire his use of turquoise as an accent to the white on the dancers' dresses. It brings your eye right in to focus on their movements. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures!
    xo Gigi

  9. Beautiful! I love it! it sort of reminds me of one of Alma Tadema's paintings. what an awesome experience for you both!

  10. sounds like the perfect prelude as you say :) ...it sounds amazing ... thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Amazing painting. I so love the Prado! I wish I were there too.

  12. Thank you for sharing....as Christy mentioned it looks like a photo that perhaps was painted over with oils. gorgeous!
    sounds as though your having a wonderful time...

  13. Absolutely beautiful! The colors are stunning.

  14. Wow! my immediate thought was that I wished it were a photograph. I could pin it on my board and hope to be there one day.

  15. Sounds amazing! I love all the vibrant colors in that painting.

  16. Such an amazing place/

    Adore the colours and detail in this painting. x

  17. I would have loved to go there . I love mediterranean paintings and Sorolla is such an amazing artist

  18. what an amazing painting, how did i not know of this artist..... beautiful colours and the dancers are just so lively!

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