El Cuarto Día | Museo Del Prado

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
Trip End Jul 01, 2012

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Today we woke up and made our way to the Prado Museum at 12:15. Before entering we went over some of the ground rules of art museums: no photos, don't touch the art, don't fall asleep. Our guide, Esther, took us on a personalized tour that came complete with listening gadgets that we used to tune out the passing groups of school children.

First, she showed us the paintings of Diego Velazquez, a court painter made famous for his works involving historical events and people such as King Carlos IV. After that she gave us the rundown on the works of Francisco Goya. Initially his works followed in the steps of Señor Vazquez and his best works were his expressive depictions of war (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_of_May_1808), but they soon take a sharp left turn. The black paintings, as they are called, were dark in ambience and odd in appearance (one of his most famous paintings of that period was that of a crazed giant eating the body of a young man). Lastly, Esther brought us to the works of El Greco--an artist so great, we don't even need to know his name.

After the tour we had lunch just outside the museum before heading to Estudio Sampere for classes at 3:30. In my class we did a few exercises in which we described some famous locations and differences between American and Spanish culture. Because our class is Conversación y Composición (Conversation and Composition), the focus of the exercises was on reading and listening comprehension as well as written response. 

Everyday in our class, 
our maestra, Velia, heavily stresses conversation and she always says "no hablan in inglés!". She also stesses not using english to spanish or spanish to english translations to aid our comprehension and faciltate continuous conversation in the language we came to Madrid to learn. I think her method is terrific and--whether or not Wanda would believe me--we've all improved tremendously in only three short days. Spanish has become more intuitive and we're not just learning the language, but we're learning how to learn the language. 

I think it's safe to say that we're all enjoying Madrid and Madrid is enjoying us. Keep up the good work guys!


  Jonathan y yo tenemos dos nuevas compañeras de cuarto hoy: Brittany y Sasha. Ellas se movieron en esta noche y parecen a les gusta el apartamento. Hasta una hora y media, nosotros cenamos sopa de lentajes y carne con hongos. Nuestra mama es una cocinadora extraordinaria. Un día abriré una restaurante en Madrid para ella! Hasta ese día, disfrutaré nuestro balcón.
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cmebacher on

Bahaha, eso si es cierto. Nuestra mama puede cocinar mejor que nadie que yo he conocido en mi vida. Hoy comimos algún carne como meatballs con manzana - pura riquísima :D -Alejandra

cmebacher on

The day of The Museum de Prada was a long day. For some unknown reason even though I was exhausted, I was unable to sleep the night before. Maybe it was some remaining jet lag. No matter how sleepy I might have been, I was still very excited. This is my first museum in Spain.

My roommate and I woke up pretty early. I was scared that we would get lost in Madrid and miss the group entry into the museum. It was an unwarranted fear. The metro is so easy to understand here and the museum was easy enough to find with the use of the map.

We had a very nice tour guide named, Aster. We were issued these interested headsets in the museum so that we could here her. Which with the other tourists and tour guides might have been impossible without them. We went through a lot of history behind the paintings. We focused mostly on Velasquez, Greco, and Goya. This is to be expected since these are very famous Spanish painters.

I liked Velasquez's use of light. It was also interesting to see the Dark paintings and wonder if Goya had gone mad or was just very discontented with what was happening in his country. The tour flew by. My roommate and I decided to eat in the museum's cafe. I had stuffed tomatoes which were good but wouldn't have again. After that we had a little free time in the museum. It wasn't enough. I feel like it would be several days in the Museum de Prada before I really thoroughly saw it.

Me gustan mucho los cuadernos de Rembrandt. Pero encontre' solo un cuaderno de Rembrandt. Mi amigas quisieron ver Rafeal pero el exibito de Rafeal fue cerrado. Habia muchos cuadernos de Rubens. Me gusta volver otra vez.

Dra. Ebacher on

Creo que es la entrada de David. Me parece perfecto. Me gustó tu descripción de las reglas para el Museo del Prado sobre todo el no quedarse dormido en la visita al museo. Y, la foto es excelente y te pareces a un toro un poquito.
Dra. Ebacher

cmebacher on

Why wouldn´t I believe you? I know that my comprehension is much better. I am still just so scared to speak. I really need to get over that because it is hurting my progress.

Wanda Ingoglia on

Why wouldn´t I believe you? I know that my comprehension is much better. I am still just so scared to speak. I really need to get over that because it is hurting my progress.

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