We meet again, La Infanta Margaret Theresa

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For this year’s El Dia del Libro, Instituto Cervantes launched a monthlong exhibit at Ayala Triangle Gardens featuring some reproductions of paintings from The Prado Museum in Madrid.

I got the chance to visit the Prado Museum on my birthday in 2014, during my first ever trip to Europe. The Prado is huge, and so far, it’s had the best collection I’ve ever seen (disclaimer, I haven’t been to the Louvre or the MOMA).

Upon buying a ticket, you get a brochure that also lists the top 20 artworks in the museum. What you’ll quickly realize though that there’s more to the Prado than the top 20, and you’ll find yourself surprised to see familiar works that you had no idea were even in Spain. For example, I’m a big fan of the Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens and was surprised to see that there was such a big collection of his works in the museum. As a former Anglophile, another one of these pleasant surprises for me was seeing the Mary I painting I was most familiar with.

Now Filipinos can see some of the works from the Prado at the Ayala Triangle. The exhibit runs until May 22nd. The Die del Libro celebrations also had stalls from bookstores and publishers, most with 20% discount, as well as book signings by some Filipino authors. There were a few Spanish food stalls as well, and in this weather, I couldn’t resist getting an ice cold apple cider.

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