Botero in the Museo de Antioquia in Medellin

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Botero in the Museo de Antioquia in Medellin

Botero back by Popular demand

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This second round of Botero on Bohemian Traveler (see the first round of Botero sculptures) features his works, mostly paintings, which are located inside the Museo de Antioquia in Medellin. Most of these paintings are from a collection worth an estimated $200 million that the artist donated to the city in 2000.

Botero is a native of Medellin, Colombia, but has since lived around the world. In 1944, Botero left a Jesuit school and was sent to a school of matadors for two years by his uncle. Hence the bullfighting paintings.


There is plenty of other great art in the Museo de Antioquia, including pre-Colombian art objects, contemporary paintings and sculptures, and a room of work by Francisco Antonio Cano. The beautiful courtyards are worth checking out as well. The museum is housed inside the former city hall, a 1930’s era restored art deco building.

Saint Rose of Lima


Head of Christ

If you go

The museum is located on the Plaza de la Esculturas, also known as Plaza Botero. Use metro Parque Berrio. Open Monday, Wednesday-Friday from 9:30 to 17:00, Saturday from 10:00-16:00

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. ayngelina says:

    Did you notice that in some of his photos he would have an eye slightly off? I asked around and people said it wasn’t a political message but the painting is amazing, no way he made a mistake.

  2. Stephen Bugno says:

    hmmm…no I didn’t notice that. But I’ll check more closely the next time I’m in a room full of Botero.

  3. The paintings are really beautiful

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