My teacher told us that she visited the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid two years ago. It’s a modern and big museum where you can see Guernica , the world-famous painting by Pablo Picasso. She told us it is black and white, 3.5 metre tall and 7.8 metre wide, a mural-size canvas painted in oil . It is one of the world’s greatest anti-war paintings. It is a very large painting, a mural, which shows the bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica in 1937 during the Spanish Civil war.
It shows how people, as well as animals, all suffer because of the tragedies of war. The painting soon became so famous that it was seen as a world symbol for peace. The fame of the painting helped to bring the Spanish Civil War to an end.
Guernica shows a large, open room with people and animals who are suffering. A bull stands over a woman crying over a dead child in her arms. A horse falls in terrible pain as it dies after being run through with a spear. A dead soldier lies under the horse, his arm has been chopped off, but the hand grasps a shattered sword from which a flower grows. A light bulb shines strongly like an evil eye . A female figure floats in, holding a lamp which is a symbol of hope. There are other smaller details in the painting. It’s really extraordinary!