The photos below are what we saw.
were prohibited, but they did have this spot set up for tourist
photos. The Escher exhibit was excellent and if you are a
fan of his work, you should check it out. It was only in
his later years that he started experimenting with the things
that he is most known for, prior to that he was a "conventional"
artist doing lithographs (and plenty of them).
Plaza de Toros is very big and ornate on the outside. Note
the Moorish influence in the tile and brickwork. Built in
1929, it is the soul of Madrid.
hand-painted tile on the facade and tile on the roof. Note
the beautiful patterns in the bricks.
this fellow was a famous bull fighter.
side of the arena are the "cheap seats" so everybody that could
afford it was in the shade. The fights started at 1800 on
fighters and horses did a lap around the stadium prior to the
fight proceeds in an organized manner: the bull is
released. He is then taunted by the fighters causing him
to run around and get tired. Then the horses are brought
in to attack the neck muscles. Then the barbs are inserted
to further debilitate the neck muscles. Finally, the
featured matador is brought it for the kill.
fellows have big brass balls as they have to get close enough to
insert the barbs without getting gored. One of the bulls
did manage to impact one of the fighters.
trick is to get the bull close, but not too close, and do the
cape work with style and grace.
is almost touching the matador. A well done pass.
sword in hand, the matador lines up the strike. It must be
precise as a miss results in a long death. The sword must
miss the scapula and ribs and go top-down into the heart.
closely, the sword is fully embedded in the bull's back.
a heart-strike as there was no bleeding from the nose.
We'll see more of that later in this photo set.
the other assistants comes in with a smaller knife and severs
the spinal cord to prevent injuries to the other workers.
of mules is brought in to haul off the carcass.
bull, this is a dangerous maneuver as the matador is on his
knees and cannot easily escape injury if the bull's attention
departs from the cape to the human.
is being stabbed in the neck muscles. Note the body lean
on the horse as it attempts to offset the force of the bull.
fellow got very close to being gored.
barbs in the back.
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