This picture shows a corner of “Plaza de la Cebada”, one of the oldest town squares of Madrid dating back to the fifteen hundreds. From its early days the square was site to a town market where local farmers sold their vegetables, bacon and cereal, particularly barley (cebada), that lends the square its name. The barley was sorted out here to provide fodder for the king’s horses first and then for the cavalry regiments.
During the 19th century the Plaza became also a public execution place. It presently houses the “Mercado de la Cebada”, a permanent structure which remains today one of the largest markets for fresh produce in Madrid.
I have tried to capture in this picture the luminous atmosphere of a clear Winter morning in Madrid
A 4 cm deep wooden edge, painted in grey, has been added to the MDF board, which nicely frames the painting. It is ready to hang without further framing.
acrylic colours, rollers, brushes