My husband and I recently experienced an amazing sixteen day trip through Spain, with stops in Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla and Granada. While we did not intend to have art become the focus of our trip, it was unavoidable. Everywhere we looked, we found art — on the tiled walls, on the floors and ceilings, and throughout the plazas.
Spain is the birthplace of Antoni Gaudí, Salvador Dali, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Francisco de Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, Diego de Velázquez, and many other master artists. It’s artistic culture was influenced by the various peoples who have lived there, coming from Africa, the Mediterranean, Europe and the “New World”, representing the Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths. I’m amazed and humbled by how prolific these artists were and how they were able to produce such incredible artwork even during the Spanish Inquisition and Civil War.
Highlights of the trip included the La Mercè Festival, Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Batiló and Park Guell; the Dalí Theatre-Museum; the Prado museum (where we spent about 9 hours!), the Sofia (I finally got to see Guernica), and the Moorish palaces/forts of The Real Alcazar and the Alhambra.
We had a fantastic time — great architecture and art, food, wine and people. We haven’t had time yet to go through our photos yet but I’m considering making a website to share with our friends!
Sites we enjoyed included:
La Mercè Festival, Barcelona
Casa Batlló, Barcelona
Park Güell, Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia Basilica, Barcelona
Museu Picasso, Barcelona
Dalí Theatre-Museum, Figueres
Museo Del Prado, Madrid
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
The Real Alcazar, Sevilla
Seville Cathedral, Sevilla
The Alhambra, Granada
*All photos were by Carol Tompkins or Doug Griffin and taken with permission.