Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s painting of his son Pedrito on a wooden horse. Botero painted the portrait shortly after four-year-old Pedrito was killed in an auto accident in Spain in 1974 during a family vacation.
The painting Pedrito on a Horse can be seen at the Museo de Antioquia in Medellin Colombia – one of my favorite cities in the world! Fernando Botero was born April 19, 1932 in Medellin but has resided in other cities for much of his life, most recently in Paris.
Botero is famous for his unique style of depicting people in his paintings and sculptures in large exaggerated form. Plaza Botero in central Medellin displays 23 of Botero’s sculptures which he donated to the Museo de Antioquia. It is advisable to visit the neighborhood during the daytime only. I wandered around the neighborhood before visiting Museo de Antioquia and Plaza Botero and found it to be a pleasant walking neighborhood during the afternoon of my visit. There are street vendors nearby where you can buy a refreshing fruit drink – guanabana (soursop) was my favorite.
In the year 2000 Botero also donated 123 of his own art works and 85 works from his personal collection to Museo Botero in Bogotá Colombia. Admission to Museo Botero is free. I visited in December 2010, staying just a few blocks away, and I highly recommend a visit to the museum. There is much to see in the historic Candeleria neighborhood in downtown Bogotá.
For more information on visiting the museums:
Museo de Antioquia – Medellin Colombia
Museo Botero via Bogotá Tourism website