During three days, Madrid literally hammered all its treasures on us: Prado Museum, Museo Cerralbo, Museum of America; El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Murillo, Titian, Veronese, Bosch, Van Dyck, Rubens, Dürer and Poussin…
This painting is Irina’s favourite. She believes the beauty of Amalia de Llano y Dotres by Federico de Madrazo, depicted in the picture, much more uncontested than the Mona Lisa. Languishing eyes, eyelashes ready to wince… Dazzling Amalia!
At one point it felt like we were watching all these masterpieces as if we were eating the black caviar with big spoons. Of course, it should not work this way with the masterpieces, but what to do; we are leaving in a few days and still have plans set for the Episcopal Toledo, aristocratic Segovia and Avila with its 88 watchtowers and mysterious cathedral church. Sometimes we dream of coming to Paris and visiting only the Louvre for the whole week. But meanwhile we are just for a day in the Museo Del Prado.