Colombia // Tierra Paisa //

Museo de Antioquia

Medellín is the birthplace of sculptor and painter Fernando Botero, known for his satirical representation of all things fat – oranges, priests, even a chubby Mona Lisa who appears to have eaten all the pies. Although Medellín residents felt miffed by Botero’s donation of his extensive European art collection to the Museo Botero in Bogotá, the highlight of the Museo de Antioquia  is the largest collection of his works, including painting, sculpture and sketches. Another twenty Botero sculptures are on display outside the museum in the busy Plaza Botero, including a rotund Roman legionary.