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.

Travel offers; book through Rough Guides

Colombia features

The latest articles, galleries, quizzes and videos.

Providencia: an introduction to Colombia’s Caribbean island

Providencia: an introduction to Colombia’s Caribbean island

Colombia meets Jamaica? Not quite, but two competing images loom large over the Caribbean island of Providencia: Bob Marley, adopted saint of the local Raizal p…

11 Mar 2016 • Stephen Keeling insert_drive_file Article
15 things everyone learns backpacking South America

15 things everyone learns backpacking South America

South America has become a favoured destination for the intrepid backpacker, and while it’s impressive in the astounding diversity of its nations, there are a…

02 Mar 2016 • Steph Dyson insert_drive_file Article
12 tips for backpacking Colombia

12 tips for backpacking Colombia

Colombia is a nation on the rise. The land of Shakira, Gabriel García Márquez and James Rodríguez has it all, from the bougainvillea-festooned streets of Car…

22 Feb 2016 • Stephen Keeling insert_drive_file Article
View more featureschevron_right

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month

Join over 60,000 subscribers and get travel tips, competitions and more every month