I was floored when we first walked into the first gallery - there was a portrait of Mary Tudor by Antonis Mor that I had seen in history books when I was a child. Several rooms along was Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights, then many of the great Flemish paintings I have read about and seen reproduced. It was one wonder after another - and not all of them famous or well-known.
I wanted to see at least some of the Goyas and though I missed the two Majas - clothed and unclothed - I did see the two great murals of the 1808 uprisings and the Black Paintings. In this latter group of 14 works there is one of the most disturbing paintings I've ever seen - Saturn Devouring his Son - but it also it includes Il perro - the Dog, perhaps one of the most engaging paintings I've ever encountered.
Now it just may be my imagination but I am sure that the sitter - not setter - for this - may well have been one of our Nora's ancestors. She loves to pose for artistic shots and ventures.
19 gennaio - Santi Mario, Marta, Audifce e Abaco