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Last weekend I made my first real trip alone, the journey was to go to Madrid for 3 days, go to the Prado Museum as well as the Thyssen and the Reina Sofia, and most importantly to go to the Download Festival to experience the Tool concert.
I must say that this experience has been a turning point in my life, for several reasons.
Firstly, let me qualify that Tool is my favourite band, period, and that seeing them on stage and experiencing their music live was a privilege and an honour.
You can see my affinity to Tool's music in my own, for example:
Secondly, visiting the Prado has changed the way I think about art.
The Prado is THE museum in Spain, as we all know, and I can't say it ha fallen one inch short of that premise in my opinion.
As I walked the long hallways, passing by many people and fellow art lovers, sucking it all in; the light, the colours, the atmosphere, the art, It was clear to me I was in the right place, and that this was a place for me.
I kept gasping over and over again as I turned each corner.
Velazquez, Rembrandt, Ribera, el Greco, Goya, Titian, and so many others.
There was mastery which goes quite unparalleled even to this day.
Each canvas told a story, and no matter their size (although many were massive), they were powerful, very powerful.
It is interesting to note the different approach from the art of nowadays, mainly that back then the artist worked his craft and created his art with extreme dedication and care, which shows in the work. Nowadays art is quicker, seeks to surprise and stun, looks endlessly for the new, and generally art is a lifestyle, not only an activity.
Many more dichotomies could be extrapolated, and experiencing the contrast helps in learning the way of it all.
It is truly hard to tell whether back then artists and art was more in tune with the essence, the magic, the mystery, the creative potential and purpose, than we are now.
As I searched for art that spoke to me, trying to find artworks that "clicked" and resonated with me, I made some quick sketches. Here are the drawings I made while in the Museums in order of creation:
Face of ancient Roman Dionysus and Goya's Saturn
Copy of Laocoon, guard and men from Velazquez's la Fragua de Vulcano
José de Ribera's Crist from The Holy Trinity and Ixión.
Rembrandt's Self Portrait as the Apostle Paul
2 different artworks by Rubens
Greek Mask and one of the 2 figures of Ribera's Ixión.
José de Ribera's Ticio
Head of Apollo in Velazquez's La Fragua de Vulcano
Detail of the Martyrdom of Saint Felipe, by Ribera
Detail of Bacchus in Velazquez's Los Borrachos
Portrait of a Man by Velazquez
Christ by Bernini
Portrait of H.H.Thyssen by Lucian Freud
Dionysian scene with Minotaur by Picasso
Minotaur caressing girl's hand with frown by Picasso
Maternity by Picasso
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