FROM The man in the front seat / May 10, 2014

Cibeles Fountain (Madrid)

The Cibeles Fountain is one of the most photographed sights in Madrid, sitting on square named Plaza de Cibeles in of area of Madrid called Paseo de Recoletos. The fountain is named after  Cybele, a goddess who was greatly worshipped in Anatolia, present day Eastern Turkey and was also highly regarded in Rome where she was known as the “Great Mother”. The fountain in Madrid that is dedicated to her has Cibeles sitting in a carriage pulled by two lions. The lions represent the mythological characters Hippomenes and Atalanta, two […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 1, 2014

The Royal Palace (Madrid)

This version of the Royal Palace was a result of a fire that engulfed its predecessor, the Hapsburg Alcazar, to the ground in 1744. Luckily the Royal family was staying in the Parque Buen Retiro, so Phillip V decided to replace it with a new palace to be designed by the Italian Felipe Juvarra. The construction lasted only 26 years and spanned two more architects as well as two more monarchs, Charles III and Charles IV. The palace was occupied by the Royal family until 1931 with the abdication of […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 14, 2013

Las Meninas – Diego Velásquez

All museums have a showpiece a work that stands out from the rest, for the Prado Museum in Madrid that is Diego Velásquez’s – Las Meninas (the Maids of Honour). During the 1640’s Velásquez was promoted to Royal painter and curator of the then King’s, Phillip IV, expanding art collection. In 1656, after working for the royal house for 33 years, he painted, what is considered one of the most analysed paintings in Western art, Las Meninas. The young princess, Margaret Theresa, is surrounded by her maids of honour, a […]

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