Something new everyday #9: Thyssen museum in Madrid

Yesterday, after 1 year in Madrid, it was about time to go to the thyssen museum, although what I was expecting were paintings of those with Jesus sad and hanged on a big wooden cross, and people around with drama faces; I’m really not crazy about those paintings, find them boring.

But I went, because the best way to criticize something is to know it.

It’s maybe the most expensive museum I’ve been to. Payed a awfull lot of money for the entrance! But well, nevermind, if it’s the way it is.

First went to a temporary exhibition full of very nice calligraphy and illustration pieces from india of the 10th century; really interesting, well explained, I enjoyed it.

I would have enjoy silence, but unfortunately I had a group of 5 women next to me al the way through and one of them was apparently very aware of the indian culture and myths and her intention was obviously not to hide it and keep her mouth shut. No; she didn’t stop talking with a very intense “I’m listening to my ownself because I know so much” voice and her friends couldn’t stop from trying to also say something interesting at some point and try to level up with the dense knowledge of their anoying friend.

Anyway, still interesting exhibition.

It was now time for some heavy exhibition. I can’t say how much paintings I saw, but I would guess something between a considerable amount and a awfull lot. From the 10th century to quite recently, all ages are covered there. The first rooms only confirmed my expectations: paintings of people looking sad, with drama faces, little baby jesuses, grown up jesuses suffering, some portraits of some guys I’ve never heard about… I’m sure the techniques is to be admired, but I don’t care how hard a dish was to cook if I don’t appreciate the taste of it; won’t make me suddenly like it.

I really appreciate it when it’s a testimony, a life scene, a picture of the (really) old times. And there are some really nice examples of those; I’ve enjoyed a lot staring from close at a enormous painting showing from a high point of view at a plaza in Rome, with some advanced details and a lot of daily life scenes of people having a conversation, working, walking etc… I love it when I’m taking back to a far past, but visually, not from a technical point of view. I love pictures from when the camera disn’t exist yet. I started enjoying the paintings a lot more when getting to the pieces of the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th pieces. So is it worth going to the thyssen museum? Yes, definitely. But once is enough for me, at least for the temporary exhibition. But I sure saw some nice historical stuff…

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