El Prado y El Retiro

13 Feb

On Monday we went to El Prado and saw, first-hand, the originals of many Spanish masterworks that we had only seen in pictures or books before.

Here’s what Sam had to say about our visit to El Prado:

Monday was the trip to El Prado and it was amazing. We got to see Las Meninas by Velazquez, and it is one of the most famous paintings in the world. It’s a painting showing the princess Margarita surrounded by her ladies in waiting with her governess, dwarf, and dog. It’s an interesting piece of art because Velazquez himself is in the painting, and there is a mirror in the back of the room showing the reflection of the king and queen, who Velazquez was painting in the painting. The themes in that piece of art are la luz (the light) and la sombra (the shadows: dark).

After our visit to the art museum, we took a walk around El Retiro, the large park in the center of Madrid. We explored some scenic areas and even took a boat ride around the lake!

Here’s what April had to say about our visit to El Retiro:

On the little boat rides I had a lot of fun with Emily and Kaitlyn. It was a very beautiful pond with amazing sights all around it. It was a very nice surprise! 

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2 Responses to “El Prado y El Retiro”

  1. susan price (@twinsbless) February 13, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    í Estoy de acuerdo contigo! Hay la misma pintura en nuestro primer libro del programa de español (el libro rojo). Hay una buena descripción del artista y de la pintura también. Estoy feliz que a Ustedes les guste la bella España. Buen viaje.

  2. bhslanguages February 13, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    Samantha! Qué fenomenal! Has escrito una descripción bien desarrollada de ‘Las Meninas’. Espero que todos lo pasen muy bien en España. ~Sra. Dacey

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