What a treat! We wandered and stared in awe, being pulled from Titian masterpieces to a number of those by Velazquez, back to some Rubens, then to El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch and of course: Goya!
Javier, our guide from yesterday and to the Prado Museo today, had to do a particularly impressive split between Renaissance and Cubism – a special Picasso exhibition was in town and was plopped right down in the thick of the Venitian Masters. Like I said earlier, Javier is brilliant and managed quite well. Entertaining as much as yesterday, Javier kept our attention for three hours with jokes and anecdotes of what we gazed at.
Taking photos is not allowed in the Prado, so we have little proof of our day. Here just one observation: about two ours into our tour, right when our attention was ever so slightly slipping, entire school classes filled the halls of the museum. The whee ones had mouths and eyes wide open. Staring at saints being torchered, horses trembling soldiers in war, portraits of people long gone, they seemed to take it all in with an amazing intellect and maturity. With their teachers giving lectures those little ones almost put us to shame seemingly being the somewhat better consumer of what the Prado has to offer. Impressive to see so many 5+ year olds roaming amongst priceless art, knowing that this is a very special “playground”.