Wednesday, January 23, 2013
More amazing art in Madrid
We left the museum in search of a late lunch, which we had at the Museo de Jamon, one of the essential places to visit in Madrid. The restaurant is lined with hams hanging from the ceiling. Lunch is very affordable with lots of ham type sandwiches being served. We opted for ham, eggs and chips. It was good but there was certainly a lot of it. With our beers they served mortadella on little buns and some kind of salami type sausage. Mine went untouched. Oh, for some fresh fish!
Our final stop was the The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. With over 1,600 paintings the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection was once the second largest private collection in the world after the British Royal Collection. A competition was held to house the museum in 1986 after Baron Thyssen, having tried to enlarge his Museum in Villa Favorita in Lugano, searched for a location in Europe. His wife, a former Miss Spain, influenced him to move his family's huge collection plus many pictures he acquired at the time of the depression in the United States to Spain. The unusual salmon pink tone of the walls in the museum was her choice. There were works of the early Flemish and Dutch painters like Jan Van Eyck, Albrecht Dürer, and Hans Holbein and many contemporary works. It was very interesting to see the area where a huge Titian is being restored. Sadly, due to the late hour and a full day we were flagging and had to return to the hotel.
Once again we are making our plans for our last full day in Madrid but they will be dependent on the weather.