Watercolor / 6 x 8 inches
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I saw this young woman in the Prado Museum in Madrid. She was lost in contemplation and awe of the master works surrounding her. Was she an artist, a collector, a historian? Or was she simply someone with a natural appreciation of art? What do you think?
I had a bit of luck while visiting the Prado. I had been scouring the web and bookstores both new and used, trying to find a book of paintings by Mariano Fortuny, the 17th Century Catalan painter whose watercolors, though relatively rare, are among the finest ever painted. All to no avail. In fact, it seemed obvious none existed. Yet, there in the Prado's gift shop, was a beautiful book of Fortuny's life and work. It now has a home in my collection, of course.
Here's a beautful little Fortuny 2 x 6 inch watercolor, Moors on Horseback, from the Metropolitan Museum in New York:
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