Reflections on Guernica

On my last day in Madrid I made a visit to see Guernica to say farewell. As usual, two guards sat on either side of the painting and scolded museum patrons who got too close to the piece or tried to take pictures. During previous visits I was frustrated with the fact that photography is not allowed in the gallery where Guernica is held, especially since the rest of the museum is fair game. This visit I noticed that just outside the gallery, visitors were blatantly taking photographs of Picasso’s masterpiece within view of the guards. I approach one of the guards to ask if this was really allowed and she told me yes, as long as I was outside of Guernica‘s gallery. I asked why and she told me they didn’t want  the gallery to be full of people taking pictures. At the time this made little sense to me as the entrance to the gallery was now full of people taking pictures, but I accepted her response and quickly found someone to take my picture in front of Guernica.

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Adios Madrid

After 3 visits to the Reina Sofia to see Picasso´s Guernica, and countless hours at the libraries of the Reina Sofia and Prado Museums in Madrid, I have a large collection of resources to return home with.

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Research in Madrid

I have begun my research on Picasso´s Guernica at the library at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. I have visited Guernica twice already and gained the inspiration to commence my research here in Madrid.

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A Masterpiece in Madrid

The first time I saw Picasso’s Guernica I was 15 years old and I almost missed it. It was my first time in Spain and I decided to spend one afternoon in Madrid at the Centro Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia. I can’t recall being familiar with any of the works I saw that day, until I was leaving and entered the gift shop. There I saw books, t-shirts and souvenirs plastered with the image of Guernica. I immediately realized my mistake. I had planned my visit around a curfew and turning back would assure a late arrival home. My time in Madrid was short though, so I re-entered the museum, used my broken Spanish to ask for directions and found Guernica.

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