Honor and Glory to La Mancha and to Hispanic Literature.
Mr. Alonso Quijano, 2011.
Oil on wood
180 x 140 cm
Miguel de Cervantes, prisoner at the Bay of Algiers, wrote his great master piece, the first part of the novel “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of la Mancha,” giving us a true and always relevant lesson on the management of talent and creative excellence in the face of misfortune and adversity.
This project pays homage to the rich legacy and the cultural and educational work of the Institutos Cervantes spread around the world.
The theme of this pictorial work is the universally known Spanish literary character, Don Quixote de La Mancha, from the work of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (Alcalá de Henares 1547, Madrid 1616). The First Part of this novel came to light in the year 1604 and the Second Part in the year 1616.
““...he became so absorbed in his books, that he spent his nights reading from dusk till dawn, and the days from morning to evening, and what with little sleep and much reading, his brains dried up, causing him to lose his mind.”
In the painting the nobleman appears in the privacy of his spartan bedroom, seated, with a book open in his hands, his arms supported on a writing desk of the era. His eyes open wide, his gaze lost, absorbed, abandoned in the depths of his own reflections and thoughts, fruits of his frenzied reading of novels of chivalry. These, abetted by a boundless imagination, drove him to cross the boundaries of sanity. Feeling like an armed knight-errant, he would travel the roads of La Mancha in the company of his squire Sancho Panza, in search of adventures and exploits, which would allow him to impart justice and to do good, and so to make himself honourable, worthy of the love of his lady, Dulcinea del Toboso. Blunders, misfortune, sorrow and jibes bringing in their wake the peerless purity of the values of his heart, so noble.