CANVAS OF THE CALLE

It’s been more than 20 years since I graduated from college with a minor in Art History. I had promised my mother I would take one Art History course, and I somehow ended up in Elena Ciletti’s class–where works of art came to life, evoked a spirit all their own, and took me on a glorious journey through time. Since graduation, I have been on something of a quest to see many of these works I studied, and I feel quite fortunate to have made it to the Louvre, National Gallery, Uffizi, Prado, Musee de Orsay, and many other wonderful museums.

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But Granada is different than other cities I have experienced when it comes to art. South of El Greco’s Toledo and the Madrid of Velázquez, Granada sits north of Picasso’s Malaga. And it does not have a major art museum. Fortunately, for us, the city of Granada is a canvas in and of itself. It boasts a variety of street art that unveils itself unsuspectingly around every corner. Home to the extraordinary street artist El Niño de las Pinturas, Granada sings and dances playfully, soulfully in the shadow of his magical work. The art feels like a response to the city itself–children playing, musicians, the elderly, landscapes, dreams! These paintings line the walls of this ancient city, and it’s clear that Granada wouldn’t be the same without these compelling images that bring the street to life.

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  1. It’s more than clear that you have internalized the study of art and art history! Wonderful that you understand that art doesn’t only reside in museums and that it has an important place in the everyday world! I love the photos!! As always, thanks for sharing, and I send my love to the entire Joseph family!!

    Aunt Jan

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  2. Mom would be so proud of and happy about how you have used your art education and enjoyed art wherever you are to this day! Matt, the kids and I can’t wait to soak up the urban art of Granada when we come too! It certainly adds a level of emotion and humanity to a city. Very cool!

    Love,
    Sis/ KJ/ Auntie K

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