You are in Madrid.

So, why did you go to Madrid?

Yes, I know that I have been distracted but the main reason for going to Madrid was to see the Francis Bacon exhibition at the Prado Museum. Also I had never been to Madrid before and I sure got lots of pleasant surprises.

We were able to walk from the Atocha Railway station with its 4,000 m² covered tropical garden to our hotel, The Carlton.

A number 27 or 45 bus from across the road took us the few stops to the Prado. The cost - €1.00 each way. While in Madrid we took no taxis or metros as it was not necessary. The bus service was brilliant and easy to follow. It was also possible to walk to most of the places that we wished to see.

Let me firstly deal with the Museo del Prado

The Prado
is one of the most important art museums in Europe and amongst the best in the world. The collection includes sculptures, drawings, paintings and other art objects. The Villanueva building houses Spanish paintings from romantic to 19th century styles, as well as important works by Italian, Flemish, French, Dutch, German and English artists.

The place I discovered is so big that it would be impossible to do much more than the originally planned trip so we stuck only with the Francis Bacon (1909-1992) temporary exhibition.

The exhibition runs until 19/04/2009 and is in association with the Tate Britain. Bacon was born in Ireland but spent his adult life in London. He died in Madrid.

There is a charge in and for the audio.

I hired the audio system in English and made my way around slowly. It took over three hours.

Here is a record from the programme click here.

You really want to give yourself plenty of time and then multiply it by three if you want to appreciate the Museo del Prado. We only did the one exhibition and will go back some time giving ourselves some leeway.

There is a Francis Bacon website that can really fill your head with information. Simply put his name into Google and go down the list a bit.

I was shattered after the visit as I found it heavy going not only from an informational point of view but also the artwork required getting around a complex personality, not mine!


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