on January 10, 2007
I took almost five years of Spanish in high school, and every year I had to hear or watch a video about the Prado. I guess all that build up had to lead to some kind of disappointment. We were impressed by the size of this museum. It never seemed to end! But that was about it. There were a couple of pictures that we liked, mostly from El Greco. Some of the others were quite grotesque in nature, like the one of a god chowing down on a cherub. It literally showed the cherub's throat being chewed off. That one gave me the creeps. There were others by Fra Angelico that I liked, and one of two dogs' heads that my husband liked.There are not only paintings in the Prado, but sculptures as well. However, since we had already been to Rome we found some of these to be copies. We're not that into sculpture anyway, so we weren't terribly upset. We spent what seemed like hours in the Prado. We got hungry and headed for the restaurant. it was quite crowded and difficult to get a seat, so I scoped tables while my husband grabbed food he thought I would like. They served a hot buffet, cold sandwiches, coffees and pastries. After a quick meal, we decided to call it quits. We had seen a lot of the Prado, and yet we still felt like we had wandered from room to room, to room and hadn't seen very much that we liked. We still wanted to see the town some, and we only had a day and a half to do it.The Prado is worth seeing if you have time, but I suspect if you are into art that isn't so dark, unusual or downright weird (as much of the art in the Prado is), try the Thyssen - it contains works by Degas, of whom I am a fan, and Van Gogh and Renoir.
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