Child on a Horse by Fernando Botero

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Below is a picture of the painting by famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero of his son Pedrito on a wooden horse. The painting is done in classic Botero style of enlarged features of the people as well as animals.

Botero painted the portrait shortly after four-year-old Pedrito was killed in an auto accident in Spain in 1974 during a family vacation.

Child on a Horse by Fernando Botero

Pedrito on a Wooden Horse by Fernando Botero

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. In his early years he attended matador school but left to study art instead.

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.

Please note that it is advisable to visit the neighborhood during the daytime only, per several travel guides I read before visiting Bogota.

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 drinks, such as my favorite, guanabana, also known as soursop.

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.

This is an incredible gift to the people of Colombia and all who visit the museum.

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.

More information on visiting Museo de Antioquia – Medellin Colombia

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling solo around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 5 of a solo road trip around the USA and Canada, living a nomadic life, and writing about her experiences with a focus on hiking and cultural encounters. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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