[OM] IMG: a day in Madrid

Subject: [OM] IMG: a day in Madrid
From: Nathan Wajsman <photo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 07:35:53 +0200
On Friday I spent the day in Madrid, out on the 7:14 train, home on the 21:15 
train, giving me just about 12 hours to walk around Madrid. The main purpose 
was to visit an exhibition of 17th century Dutch and Spanish paintings at the 
Prado, consisting of 72 works from Prado’s own collection, supplemented with 
loans from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and other Dutch museums. The idea was 
to highlight the remarkable similarity between Dutch and Spanish painters, even 
in cases where they had never met nor seen each other’s paintings, such a 
Vermeer and Velázquez. Art historians have traditionally emphasized the 
uniqueness of Dutch painting following the establishment of the Netherlands as 
an independent state in 1648. This exhibition puts paid to that idea.

In addition, the PhotoEspaña photography festival is currently going on, with 
interesting photo exhibitions all over Madrid. I had chosen four exhibitions to 
visit, but two of them were at the Casa de América which turned out to be 
closed for vacation, so I had to make do with two. But one of them was a real 
gem, a very complete exhibition of works by Berenice Abbott. I was not really 
familiar with her work until now—she was truly a remarkable woman and 

And of course I walked around the city a lot, taking lunch at the Mercado de 
San Miguel near Plaza Mayor, and spending an hour in the Parque del Buen 
Retiro, probably the nicest park in any big city. Think of it as Central Park 
but with a couple of art galleries, numerous bars and lots of beautiful 

August is actually a great month to visit Madrid; it can be hot, sure, but on 
the other hand half of Madrid’s population is at the seaside (many in Alicante 
where I live), traffic is light, so the air is clean, and the metro is 

Fifty-five images are here:


And as always, comments and critique are welcome and appreciated.


Nathan Wajsman

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