Aranjuez was the summer residence of the Spanish Royal Family. The quotation from Friedrich Schiller’s drama „Don Carlos“ has a double meaning: the summer holidays are over and, simultaneously, the monarchy is threatened by interior struggles for power.
“El amor brujo” (Love, the Magician / Der Liebeszauber) is composed by Manuel de Falla. This piece of music tells the story of Candela, a gypsy girl, whose love for Carmelo is tormented by the ghost of her faithless former lover.
On the occasion of the painting's loan, in 1963, to the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Mona Lisa ("Lisa Fever") was momentarily made an icon of the Cold War.