In Madrid at Mueseo del Prado
I spent most of the day inside today. It’s most unusual for me I realised. A normal day is usually at least six hours in the open air. Before I joined the Camino it was usually 24 hours outside because I was camping.
The painting is huge. The figures are life size. The skin tones are amazing. The expression on faces has been captured so beautifully. Painted 1435. I doubt you can capture a tenth of the detail you see in real life.
You can see Velazquez himself on the left with a palette and brush and he is looking at the couple he is painting whose reflections are in the mirror on the wall behind! What a clever composition. The way he uses the light is so skilful.
I could select any number more. It was fascinating. I was also struck by the size of some of the pictures. They were huge – designed to be hung in churches or on huge palace walls.
The rhythms were so complex.
I have walked 8km today!
There is more art to see tomorrow!