Calle Milaneses, Aerial Accident, Madrid

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”.






Retiro Park, The Fallen Angel Statue, Madrid

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.

Metropolis, Madrid

Metropolis Building

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.

SRapallo, Metropolis, watercolor, Madrid, 2016.




Pedraza, Spain

SRapallo, "Pedraza", watercolor, 2016.

SRapallo, “Pedraza”, watercolor, 2016.


We’ve been in Pedraza last weekend.

Pedraza is a municipality in Spain, located in the province of Segovia in the autonomous community of Castile and León. It is located at 37 km northeast of the city of Segovia with a population of less than 500.

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.




Reflections on Women

SRapallo, Reflection on Women #1, watercolor and ink on paper, 50x70cm, 2016.

Reflections on Women #1, ink and acrylic on paper, 50 x 70 cm

” Reflections on female relationships, complexities of emotions and feelings, family and relatives. Family and people I have known, representations, figuratively, abstractly or both.

Working on, sometimes a tender palette, sometimes a more vibrant one, capturing a glimpse of female feelings, strong but also subtle. For me, the female psyche are represented by clouds and drips of paint highlighting the rich texture of the canvas. I enjoy using natural powder pigments forming shadows and lights that are changing and transforming itself, colors interactions altering the final results, forming new details, totally unexpected. I think it’s fascinating to see how all those colors and forms take me to different aspects of my own journey on this life. ”





SRapallo, Alpargatas, watercolor on W&N 300gsm, 42x29.7cm.

SRapallo, Alpargatas, watercolor on W&N 300gsm, 42×29.7cm.

Espadrilles (Alpargatas)

It’s an eternal fashion made in Spain. They are hand made with thousands of different models: flat or with high heels. An authentic and traditional shoes. The oldest store in Madrid is Casa Hernanz, since 1845.

I bought mine last summer. They are perfect for hot days…



Alpargatas estão eternamente em moda na Espanha. São confeccionadas em mil modelos diferentes: sem salto ou com salto. São sapatos autênticos e tradicionais. A loja mais antiga em Madri é a Casa Hernanz, desde 1845.

Eu comprei esse par no verão passado. São perfeitas para dias quentes…




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