I am watching the sun rise on this portentous day from the Dreadful Airport of Madrid.
From my app
Also, at APOD there is a piece about two comets in the sky at the same time, on conjunction. HERE
Meanwhile, I’ve been in Spain with friends.
Few shots that you might like.
In Madrid I went to the Thyssen. It is an interesting gallery with good pieces. However an even stronger than usual secular attitude prevails right down to what I perceived to be an anti-Christian sentiment in an exhibit on the Venetian Renaissance.
Anyway, here is a lovely Chagall. The Virgin of the Village.
I really like Chagall’s stuff.
In the Naval Museum there is a large painting of the Battle of Lepanto. Here the angel is turning Pius V’s head and pointing. “Hey! There’s a vision going on… over here!”
Gazpacho. Okay, I’ve had enough of that for awhile.
The sausages – butifarra are great.
And who can resist a bowl of snails?
San Jeronimo by the Prado. Yes the weather was perfect the entire time.
Gins and Tonics are a staple here. Gin and Tonics? Gins and Tonic? His hasn’t been conclusively resolved. And Ive polled!
Red peppercorns in this one. Nope. Cucumber with Hendrick’s.
Which is mine?
Meanwhile, back in the Naval Museum, a grand painting of Christopher Columbus, so abused today.
On display for just a few days is the personal standard of Juan of Austria on his ship at Lepanto!
I spent two glorious days in the fantastic Prado.
Morales. Not only an association of the Mother of God with her Son’s Passion but also a striking portrayal of motherhood.
Stunning. El Greco can take the air from your lungs.
As can Ribera. I spent a good 15 minutes with this one.
Soooo much going on in that painting.
Rising on the crescent Moon with a crown of 12 stars… just like we saw in the sky today!
And perhaps my favorite Nativity, by Barocci.
Ooops. Forgot to post this.
Anyway… next flight in a couple hours.