Jim Jarmusch and Jozef van Wissem teamed up to score a film, but their collaboration led to a vibrant new album.
Juan Belmonte, the famed 1920s bullfighter, wore bright pink socks for luck in the ring. The color also rendered his legs highly visible and accentuated their quick movement. Those same stockings, along with Belmonte’s blue silk jersey breeches, 1940s bullfighting star Carlos Arruza’s gold embroidered capote de paseo (ceremonial cape), various coleta (a ceremonial pigtail worn at the nape of the neck), and the metallic passementerie of Antonio Ordóñez—famed subject of Hemingway’s The Dangerous Summer—are some of the more vibrant items on display at Joaquín Sorolla & the Glory of Spanish Dress, an exhibition at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute. Beside the various Matador mannequins are two delicate earth-toned gouaches on paper and cardboard with renderings of scenes from the corridas, or bullfights.
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