Tuesday, February 16, 2010

the knight at the museum

Museo del Prado, picture:Pedro Rufo 2004
The Spanish Government has appointed Javier Solana patron of the Royal Board of Museo Nacional del Prado, according to the Ministry of Culture published Tuesday. 
Solana comes as patron of the Prado within the quota to be appointed by the holder of Culture, when vacancies occur in the body, between people who have distinguished for his services to culture or are of recognized competence in matters relating to heritage Spanish.  Javier Solana, who was Minister of Culture during the period of government of Felipe González was one of the architects of the arrival of the Thyssen collection in Spain. (Link)

The Prado (Link) undisputedly has the world's finest collections of works by Spain's Diego Velazquez and Francisco Goya, as well as of Hieronymus Bosch (a personal favorite of King Philip II of Spain). The museum also has excellent collections of El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Raphael, Titian, Bartolome Esteban Murillo. Fine examples of the works of Botticelli, Caravaggio, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Veronese, and many other notable artists are on display in the Museum. 
This comes at the time with Ben Stiller (Night at the Museum) presenting his new film "Greenberg" at the Berlin Filmfestival(in the film his brother from L.A. is called Philip) and a big train accident with about 300 passengers in Buizingen(Halle) in Belgium.
Guess What? King Philip II's grave is just a few 100 meters from the accident away:
At St.Martin Basilika in Halle.  The death of Philip II (the Bold), Duke of Burgundy in Halle in 1404 was actually a benefit to the city as all subsequent ruling Dukes of Burgundy were to pay a visit here.
The Order of the Golden Fleece (latest knight is Javier Solana) was established in 1430 by Philip's Grandson Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy.(Link)
The name of "Buizingen" and other towns in the area ("Beersel", "Tubize"), show a connection to Bees, and Beer (in former times Met, a honey(bees)drink, "Medve" also" Bear")). The local beer of Buizingen is called "Devil's Beer". The Bees are a Kings Symbol (also the city chrest shows 3 Crowned Kings) and point to Merovingians. For example in the grave of merovingian King Childerik I. some 300 golden bees were found. Archduke Leopold William, governor of the Southern Netherlands (today's Belgium), had the find published in Latin, and the treasure went first to the Habsburgs in Vienna, then as a gift to Louis XIV. more on the Buzi Bees (thanks to John) here:Link, Link,Link.
stay tuned!

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