Madrid.Plaza Toro Las Ventas. Part II. CORRIDAS DE TOROS – A Form of Art

The captions on my photos are excerpts from an article in the Daily Telegraph by book author Alexander Fiske-Harrison.

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 “It is for beauty that the real aficionados attend the corrida, not for pomp, not for thrill and certainly not for blood.” 

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“In Spain bullfighting is written about in the cultural pages of newspapers, not the sports section.” 

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“However, I came to understand that the fighting bulls’ lot of five years on free-release followed by 25 minutes in the arena is equal if not better than the meat cow’s 18 months corralled in prison followed by a “humane” death.”

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“Bullfighting is so much more than a sport. Even the dubious phrase “field” or “blood” sport is inapplicable (whatever the League Against Cruel Sports say.)”

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“It was not long before I started to see the beauty of toreo – bullfighting as a word does not exist in Spanish, and in English comes from our artless, riskless and brutal hobby of bull-baiting.”

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“Don’t take my word for this. Here is what Orson Welles had to say on the matter: “What is the essence of this art? That the man carry himself with grace and that he move the bull slowly and with a certain majesty. That is, he must allow the inherent quality of the bull to manifest itself.”

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“This is usually in the final and most famous of the three acts of the fight, the “Third of Death”, in which the matador passes the bull with a red cape, as closely and as elegantly as he can.” 

 

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“However, bullfighting is the only art form that both represents something and is that thing at the same time: the matador’s elegant immobility in the face of the bull not only represents man’s defiance of death, it is a man defying death.”

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“Love it or hate it, bullfighting is not a sport. To devotees and opponents alike, it is much more important than that.”

 

3 thoughts on “Madrid.Plaza Toro Las Ventas. Part II. CORRIDAS DE TOROS – A Form of Art

  1. Brilliant!! Not sure I’d want to take my chances though!

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    1. The wife of the guy who sat beside us left before the first bull was killed and told her husband I will wait for you outside. I guess it’s not for everyone 😀

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      1. Lol, clearly not -that’s really funny though! 😄 On a serious note, I’m not sure if I’d want to watch a bull being killed – it just looks impressive to see a person ‘dancing around the bull ring’ with a red cloth and a live bull. I must admit, I didn’t realise it went further than that….

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