Registrar’s Postcard: Prado Museum, Spain
The project, Natural Histories, recalls the intentions of King Charles III, who originally installed the Royal Natural History Cabinet in the building the Prado now inhabits.
I first noticed the intervention when admiring Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas, where Blanco has installed a tiny white sparrow sitting against the top corner of its frame. This sighting set me off, hunting installations through the galleries I now know so well, trying to predict where the artist would want to converse with works. The eagle in the main entrance spoke to the Prado as a whole and its visitors, as if it had just spectacularly swooped down the main corridor above the heads of Sunday crowds.