tours online. I copied and printed them out to give direction to our time here.
On our full first day, we tackled the museum walking tour with seven
institutions listed. The thing I really dislike about the museums here is that they all forbid taking photos, even without a flash.As a predominantly Catholic country, many of the museums include
more religious art than other types.
Camilo Egas. Free entry was an added bonus to this museum dedicated to the work
of one man: Egas. As an Ecuadorian artist, he has the opportunity to study in
many European art centers. This is representative in his work, but I did not
realize he was an indigenous person until we returned home to read more about
him. “Throughout his
four stages of indigenism, expressionism, surrealism and abstractionism, Egas
always represented the cultures, history and struggles of indigenous peoples.”
One great benefit of visiting art museums with Ron is his knowledge base. Having been a docent at the Fine Arts Museum in Budapest for so many years, he has availed himself of numerous art history courses and lectures. Even if he is not familiar with a particular artist, he has insightful comments.
on to the National Museum of Colonial Art, we worked our way through the 17th
century mansion, the
former home of the Marquis of Villacis, now houses the collection. This is where the blood and gore
start, as Ecuadorian artists had an influence from the Spanish conquistadors.
Most of the scenes or sculptures of Christ are beyond bloody, more so than what
one normally witnesses. Entrance was $2 each.
was a bit of a disappointment at first. The Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño is
located inside the Metropolitan Cultural Center. When we walked in, the third
floor was closed off for restorations. The last time we were here, we were able
to go out on the rooftop balconies to have a panoramic gaze at the city. The
interesting parts of the second floor could not be accessed either. On the
floor, the last time we were in the city, there was a wonderful photo
exhibition. This time around, it was just a vacant space. As it turned out, to
enter the Museo Alberto Mena Caamaño one needs to walk outside and go to the
side of the Metropolitan Cultural Center for entry after paying $1.50 per
person. They immediately apologized that they have no tours in English. We
self-guided as best we could. The art pieces and the life-like was figures were
quite impressionable without a great deal of explanation.
is historic for being the very first church in Quito. It is the Colonial Monastery and Church of San Francisco dating back to the 16th century.
passports, not the color photocopies we supplied. When we explained we did not carry them, they waved us on. Sucre was an Ecuadorian freedom fighter and hero. Everything in the house was in Spanish as it was in all the museums. We were able to get the idea, but still be out in time for closing.