Sorry about the string of no updates lately. We’re in Madrid where it’s raining cats and dogs. Doesn’t matter too much though – the city’s always great, and at this time we’re treated to a big Tintoretto show at the Prado – the first retrospective since 1937. It’s unfortunately slightly underwhelming, especially since in the adjoining galleries, you can check out the cream of Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velazquez and Goya, while all Tintoretto’s best work is stuck to walls and alters in Venice. He is never uinteresting though, and it’s great to be given this kind of walk-through of his career in the wonderful central gallery of the Prado (more detailed review to follow).

Also, at the Thyssen there’s an astonishing portrait shows that starts out with a trio of masterpieces – selfportraits by Gauguin, van Gogh and Munch – and just doesn’t let up – wonderful work by almost all of the 20th Century’s greatest painters.

Other than that, the tapas are nice as always, and today we’re headed to the Escorial. Pictures and more to follow upon return – the machine we’re using here is only intermittently available and also an antique.