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Denise De La rue, the artist, sitting with two of her Angelas masterpieces | © Denise De La Rue
Denise De La rue, the artist, sitting with two of her Angelas masterpieces | © Denise De La Rue

Angels and Witches in Madrid, but It's Not What You Think

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Lori Zaino
Updated: 1 March 2017

Halloween may be long past, but you can still check out some angels and witches in Madrid this spring and summer as Mexican artist and photographer Denise De La Rue has created a very special project, “Angels and Witches” Goya, Metamorphose.

The special exhibition pays homage to famous Spanish painter Francisco de Goya by photographing iconic Spanish actresses such as Michelle Jenner, Claudia Traisac, Natalia de Molina, Anna Castillo, Macarena Garcia and Veronica Echegui, among his paintings of witches and angels.

A view of ‘Angelas’ at the Chapel San Antonio de la Florida in Madrid | © Denise De La Rue

A view of ‘Angelas’ at the Chapel San Antonio de la Florida in Madrid | © Denise De La Rue

The project will be split into two parts: from February 16-April 2, 2017, “Angelas” will showcase photographs among the angel paintings in the famous Chapel of San Antonio of Florida, which is actually the perfect place for Goya fans to visit, as it not only features some of his most famous paintings but also his remains. This is truly a groundbreaking event, it is the first time a special exhibition has been allowed inside the walls of the church.

From June 22-September 24, 2017, you can see “Witches” at the Lázaro Galdiano Museum. As the title suggests, this second exhibition showcases Goya’s interpretation of witches, commissioned by the Duke of Osuna in the late 1700s.

Natalia de Molina | © Museo Nacional de Prado/ © Denise De La Rue (left) and Ana Castillo | © Denise De La Rue (right)

Natalia de Molina | © Museo Nacional de Prado/ © Denise De La Rue (left) and Ana Castillo | © Denise De La Rue (right)

Each piece juxtaposes the concept of a strong female actress with the historical artwork: is she a witch, an angel, or a combination of both? Check out the exhibitions to ponder the question for yourself.

Chapel of San Antonio of Florida, Glorieta San Antonio de la Florida, 4, 28008 Madrid, +34 915 47 79 37

Lázaro Galdiano Museum, Calle de Serrano, 122, 28006 Madrid, +34 915 61 60 84