The still lifes of the Prado Museum served on the table

"We who are here make people happy and that is the beauty of life", you hear a man say in the closet of the Prado Museum. It is a conversation of some of the members of the Spanish Association of appellations of Origin-origin Spain, who have come to the Pinacoteca to enjoy a private pass that goes over the main still lifes that are exposed in their rooms and to present the campaign Stories at your table.

From the canvas to the plate. This is the visit that begins with the majestic halls of the Prado and, through the view, opens the appetite to culminate around a table enjoying the flavors and smells of food as precious as Jabugo ham or the cake of the marrying and filling estóm Agos. We review some of the paintings and products that gives us the geography of our country.

To one side the still life with plate of pears and cherries of the painter Luis Egidio Meléndez, an oil on canvas that forms part of a collection of dead nature commissioned by the King Charles III and that the painter never finished: it only made 40 of the 60 managers. The reason is not clear, though — as explained in the visit — it may have been because the monarch felt that the representations were not sufficiently scientific.

On the other side, the pears of Rincón de Soto, the first in Spain to possess the protection and guarantee that the stamps of origin are provided. The climate of the place where they are cultivated (La Rioja) is, according to the association, which gives them their exceptional characteristics. They are rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and E, and also in calcium and fiber (nutrients necessary for the proper functioning of our body).

On the left a painting from the same collection of Egidio Meléndez: Still life with a plate of acerola, fruit, cheese, melero and other containers. To the right the cheese of Mahon-Menorca, made with milk of cows fed with forages of the island. The climate is, once again, key to its taste: "The scarce orography in front of the wind of Tramontana salinity the dishes", indicate from the association. In addition to this delicacy, other cheeses such as Cabrales and Manchego also have the stamp of denomination of origin. As we already have in BUENAVIDA, despite its fatty content, this food is not an enemy (even for those people who are on a diet).

Besides being one of the great protagonists of the dead natures, the grape is another of the fruits that have the support of the denomination of Origin. On one side, the still life painting with four bunches of grapes, painted by the Spanish artist Juan Fernandez "El Labrador". On the other, a composition made with table grapes bagged from Vinalopó (Alicante), the only ones that grow protected under a paper bag, which protects all the grains of the bunch.

In the still life, not everything is fruit: The animals also have their important role on the tables. An example of this is the still life with steak, condiments and containers from the series by Luis Egidio Meléndez. We do not know if the piece that the painter used belonged to the cattle of the native race Ciego de Ávila-Negra Ibérica, of black layer, of which the red and shining steaks of the meat of Avilaare obtained.

To finish our review of art and products with denomination of origin, we return to the Balearic Islands, although this time we travel to Majorca. Sobrasada is a raw sausage that is made with pork (lean and bacon) chopped, salt, spices and paprika, which gives much of its flavor and aroma characteristic. The painting, also of the collection commissioned by Carlos III to Luis Egidio Meléndez, is still life with Chorizos, ham and containers.