Friday, June 19, 2009

Museum Day

Today was more of a slower day, with a lot of air conditioning. In the morning we went to the Prado which features Spain's and Europe's most prominent artists. We saw three of the most famous paintings in the world, which happen to be three of my most favorite paintings as well. We saw:

Velasquez's "Las Meninas"
Goya's "Third of May"
& Boche's "Garden of Earthly Delights"
The tour guide told us really intresting facts and stories about each artist we went to. We also saw works of Rubens and El Greco. Intresting Fact -> In El Greco's paintings, he paints himself in and you always know which one he is because he is the one looking at the viewer. The Prado tour lasted about one and half hours. After that we split into smaller groups going to do three different activites. One group went to Castle, another went to the soccer stadium, and last but not least another group went to a photography exibit of Annie Leibovitz and Dorothea Lange. I ofcourse went to the photography exhibit with Ms. Karter, Ms. Bottoms, and Avery. It was amazing. Dorothea Lange's was very emotional showing dramatic pictures of the Great Depression and World War II, while Annie Leibovitz showed a broad spectrum of family photos to Vanity Fair covers. Annie Leibovitz's exhibit was my favorite; it featured her works from 1992 - 2005 but with a little extra here and there. I saw so many pictures I had not seen of hers, and learned more about her life. For example, at age 54 she had twins a boy and a girl; they were both very cute. Oh also, backtracking a little bit. Lunch was very good. I had paella for the first time; it was paella verduras (veggies). Anyways after the photo exhibits, we ventured off the supermercado, and I bought apples, peaches, and huge bottles of water. Then we walked back to the hostel for siesta. After siesta we went to a new plaza, which was very crazy and crowded. I got a lot of good pictures though, and dinner was tapas again with a slight varation.

My best photos of the Day: