A to Z of Statues – V is for Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez

At the World famous art museum  Del Prado there is an entrance fee during the day but free admission after six o’clock for poor people to enjoy the last two hours of the day.

As it was only mid afternoon there was time for a quick drink at a pavement bar before Richard and I retraced our footsteps back to the Del Prado while the girls chose instead to go the department store El Corte Inglés. Culture is different things to different people and I no longer challenge that.

The free entry at six is so popular that it means that realistically if you want to get in with time to spare it is necessary to start queuing at five and when we arrived just before there was already a long line several yards long and we were a long way back from the entrance next to a grand statue of the painter Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez where we stood now and waited for fifty minutes or so.

This is the thirteenth most visited art gallery in Europe, first is the Louvre in Paris, second the Vatican Museum in Rome and third the Tate Modern in London.

I began to get concerned about how long it would take to get inside and worried that there might not be enough time to see all around the inside of the museum but at about six the line started to shuffle slowly forward at a pace as though people had shoe laces tied together but at about twenty past six we were inside.

I don’t really know what I was worrying about because to be honest I was completely bored with it all after about half an hour.  I enjoyed the exhibition of Goya paintings but after that everything was so samey. Let’s be honest there are only so many pictures of the crucifixion that you want to see or two hundred year old paintings of Charles III and the royal family so after only an hour or so I was happy to leave.  I told you that I am a Philistine.

More statues in Madrid…

26 responses to “A to Z of Statues – V is for Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez

  1. You’ve expressed my feelings about art (paintings and statues). Other than a few iconic examples, the rest seem to rely on name recognition as opposed to merit.


  2. A philistine wouldn’t have queued that long

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  3. I take your point about all the pictures of religious scenes, but after watching the TV show “The Repair Shop”, I do wonder how many of those old, dark pictures are suffering from the lack of a good clean. The TV people cleaned up a dreadful dark brown portrait of Charles II, and it absolutely transformed the picture.


  4. I think you probably tackled the place the wrong way. I find little and often is the way forward, but of course, if you have to pay …. Anyway, philistine or not, these are great photos. The blue sky helps.

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  5. Never made it to Madrid but our visitor last week was suggesting it as a possible meeting place for the future. Prado will be on the list.

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  6. I like art, but I very quickly get satiated at exhibitions, especially if we have to trail slowly round without being able to stop and take something in.


  7. Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez looks like one serious dude. And I’m heartened to hear that so many people want to view the art in Del Prado that queuing for an hour before opening time is necessary. There’s hope for the world yet!


  8. Ah, I remember that bear…but why a bear in Madrid??


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  10. I am most definitely a Philistine – whenever I visit a museum or art gallery I only ever find a few things to truly appreciate.

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  11. I think this is the best I’ve seen till till now. You’re amazing!


  12. I enjoyed reading this and
    I appreciate your hard work!. I know You have an impressive grip on this topic!.

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