Category Archives: Madrid

News: Goya and the Cocaine Smugglers

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It is not every day that a painter who has been dead for the better of 200 years is involved in an international drug smuggling network but such was the case this weekend when Spanish police busted a crime ring that spanned two continents.   59 people were arrested and police conviscated 16.5 kilos of cocaine, EUR 1,100 in counterfeit ... Read More »

News: Jerry Saltz Picks His Fave Paintings

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Jery Saltz, art critic for New York Magazine and current reality tv star on Bravo’s Work of Art, this week chose his favorite paintings in New York City. A where’s what sampling of some of the best art that NYC has to offer, spanning hundreds of years and a couple of boroughs from Marsden Hartley’s Evening Storm, Schoodic, Maine No. ... Read More »

Spotlight On…San Antonio de La Florida, Madrid

Miracles of St. Anthony of Padua

  In 1792, King Carlos IV of Spain ordered the building of a royal chapel in central Madrid for Saint Anthony of de La Florida. He then commissioned his favorite painter, Goya, to paint the frescos within the chapter depicting the miracles of Saint Anthony of Padua.   It took Goya only four months to complete the frescos, despite suffering ... Read More »

News: Save Goya’s Hill

La pradera de san Isidro, 1788- Museo del Prado, Madrid

The fight to save the hill depicted in Francisco de Goya’s painting La Pradera de San Isidro is on in Madrid. The hill known as San Francisco cornisa is a green ridge from which Goya painted the Madrid skyline, depicted in the painting, as seen in 1788.   Last year, Madrid’s city hall granted the Catholic Church permission to build ... Read More »

Goya + Rosario Weiss: All in the Family

The Milkmaid of Bordeaux, attributed to Francisco Goya

Born in Aragon, Spain in 1746, Francisco Jose de Goya de Lucientes is known as one of the last European classical painting and print masters and one of the first of the modern era.  Daring in his subject matter and bold with his brush strokes, his pieces have long provoked thought and controversy. It is no wonder that Madrid’s Museo ... Read More »

2 Days In: San Sebastián, Spain

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  Travel in Europe can be exhausting, let’s face it. It’s a tough job fitting in all the beautiful things there are to see like churches, museums and castles. Well, don’t get too discouraged; here is your guide to a perfect weekend away in a city that exudes relaxation without sacrificing the culture. Read More »

Extended Travel: Zaragoza, Spain

Museo de Zaragoza

  An hour and a half from Madrid, the capital of Spain, lays another capital, Zaragoza. Zaragoza, the 5th largest city in Spain, is the former capital of the Kingdom of Aragon, the kingdom that spawned modern Espana. Read More »

2 Days In: Burgos, Spain

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So, you’ve seen all the Goya paintings that Madrid has to offer, eaten as much jamon as humanly possible at El Museo del Jamon and want to get away for the weekend. Where do you go? Our suggestion is head north to the former capital of Spain and home of El Cid, Burgos. Read More »

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