The Royal Tapestry works in Madrid have for centuries patiently woven together priceless images of the life of the city and court. Murillo street urchins abound, so too Goya’s laughing children, fiestas and processions, the very theatre of life. From the Duke of Alba’s private palace, (where Columbus sent his drawing of the Americas as a present for the Duke) to the buzzing Plaza Mayor and its tapeo culture, to the marvels of Velazquez at the Prado, the dramatic contortions of El Greco and the Earthly Delights by Bosch, Madrid has it all. At the Thyssen thousands of masterpieces track European art from Holbein to Hockney, from Giotto to Gauguin’s Tahitian dreams. To be Madrileño is to be awake, to be receptive, keen, polished, contemporary yet all artfully disguised behind the flourish of a medieval cape.