Artist. Sketching blog from Susana Rapallo, a illustrated journey of a Brazilian Expat living in Madrid, traveling and exploring art. After all, ¨Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso
I decided to pay tribute to another angel’s statue that adorns Madrid’s rooftop. Many people think that’s another fallen angel or even Ícarus… But, not at all. I’m gonna tell you that story.
Once upon a time there was a building in Calle Milaneses and the people who lived in that building want to put a statue on the top to decorate their precious home and also the city. Madrid is a city that has many statues on rooftops, the majority of them expressing grandeur posing for magestic historical moments. But I have no idea why, Miguel Ángel (:-)) Ruiz, was particularly inspired that day and decide to make a statue that everyone would talk about it. Well, instead of making another famous king of a general, he did “Aerial Accident”.
In his interpretation, 10.000 years ago a “man with wings” went away for a fly. He was coming back home, flying backwards, taking a little sun bath and didn’t realize that on the grass field he´s used to land, had grown up an entire city… and Booommm!! He clashed violently on the top of that same building.
He is not a fallen angel, he is not Icarus, he is just an “Aerial Accident”.
Today was a holiday in Madrid, a nice break in the middle of the week. A sunny but cold day, perfect for a good walk at the Retiro Park, before lunch, “to open the appetite”, like my father used to say. In the South side there’s a fountain that I like a lot, not so big, but quite interesting because on top of the fountain there’s the statue of the Fallen Angel (Angel Caido).
This statue was first created in plaster by Ricardo Bellver in 1877 during his retirement in Rome. Bellver was inspired by the Fallen Angel Satan in the poem called the Lost Paradise by the English poet John Milton. With this sculpture of Lucifer he won the first prize on the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in Madrid. In 1878 it was nominated for the Paris World’s Fair, but they only accepted marble or bronze statues. For this occasion a bronze version was made and the plaster statue was destroyed.
When the statue returned to Spain, it was displayed at the Museo de la Trinidad (now part of the Museo del Prado). Later the masterpiece was given to the City of Madrid and it was moved to its current location in the Retiro Park It was placed on a special designed octagonal pedestal with figures of devils on each side grabbing fish, lizards and snakes. The construction was placed in a large fountain where all the devils are gushing water. The fountain was inaugurated in 1885.
At that time the sculpture and the fountain received al lot of criticism by the people, being maybe the World’s only statue of Satan, but at the same time it also gained a lot of admiration by critics. The dramatic figure was one of its kind with its unique expression. Salient detail is that the statue stands 666 meters above sea level, which is the Number of the Beast in the Book of Revelation of the New Testament.
You can find the Fountain of the Fallen Angel in the south of the Retiro Park, on a roundabout where Paseo Fernan Nunez, Paseo Republica de Cuba and Paseo Uruguay meet. Take your time and really admire this beautiful work of art.
Since I’m still feeling the French atmosphere after last weekend in Paris, I decide to pay homage to, perhaps, the most famous building in Madrid, a wonderful Beaux Arts architecture – an extremely elegant French style characterized by conservative lines and impressive sculptural elements. The magnificent edifice has been designed by French brothers Jules and Raymond Fevrier to host the headquarters of the insurance company La Unión y el Fénix, and completed in 1910 by Spanish architect Luis Esteve.
In 1972, the building was acquired by Metrópolis Seguros and a series of restorations begun. Nowadays, it retains its former appearance, excepting the original statue on top of the dome representing Phoenix and Ganymede, which has been replaced.
Metropolis Building’s main features include the bright white façade, which is lavishly decorated with sculptures and various ornaments, as well as the spectacular black dome on top of which a gorgeous statue of Winged Victory designed by Spanish architect Federico Coullaut-Valera Mendigutia rises to the sky.
Lúcia Pérez, Argentinian, 16 years old, drugged, raped and impaled to death. This is my protest in solidarity with the suffering of this family and all women. An appeal for respect and the expansion of women’s rights. By the end of gender violence, by the end of the macho culture …
Lucía Pérez, argentina, 16 anos de idade, drogada, violentada e empalada até a morte. Esse é o meu protesto em solidariedade ao sofrimento dessa família e de todas as mulheres. Um apelo pelo respeito e a ampliação dos direitos femininos. Pelo fim da violência de gênero, pelo fim da cultura machista…
Every year in July, Pedraza holds the Concierto de las Velas festival during La Noche de las Velas. Residents of the town and surrounding cities light candles along the streets and residences. In the city center multiple concerts are held featuring varying types of Spanish classical music. See La Noche de las Velas (in Spanish).
Estivemos em Pedraza na semana passada.
Pedraza é uma municipalidade na Espanha, localizada na província de Segovia, na Região Autônoma de Castilha e Leon. Está localizada a 37 km noroeste da cidade de Segovia e tem uma população de apenas 500 habitantes.
Todos os anos, em Julho, Pedraza celebra o Concerto das Velas, um festival de luzes durante a Noite das Velas. Residentes da cidade e adjacências acendem velas ao longo das ruas e residências. No centro da cidade há inúmeros concertos de música clássica espanhola.