Museu del Prado is one of the most popular tourist spots in Spain. Though this museum houses over 7,000 paintings, the emphasis on famous Spanish artists, Velázquez, Goya and El Greco is very evident. There are, of course, many works of art from many other artists.
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The museum is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Visitors can spend hours enjoying the lovely grounds, the architecture of this nineteenth-century building completed in 1819, and the beautiful pieces of art found within. Much of the early collection found within the museum is from paintings obtained by Spanish nobility.
Pereda and Zurbarán
Once construction on the new wing is completed, visitors will be able to see many pieces of art that have been in storage. Such pieces include Pereda and Zurbarán, among so many others, which will add to the beautiful display available to art lovers.
Even now, the art available makes a visit to the Prado Museum well worth it. In addition to the family Spanish artists mentioned above, art lovers can find works by the German, Italians, French, Flemish, and Dutch. Many were acquired by conquest during the time period when Spain was a leading ruler of Europe. Regardless of how they were acquired, though, this art portrays the timeless beauty artists can achieve in any era.
Upon arrival at the Prado Museum, you will walk through the Goya entrance on the ground floor. Allow yourself time to enjoy the works of La Annunciation of la Virgen María and Fra Angelico as well as some Italian masterpieces nearby.
As you continue, you will see works by Bosch, including Seven Deadly Sins, Garden of Earthly Delights and many more. Possibly the first surrealist, Bosch’s art is far ahead of his time. His 16th-century paintings are easily considered a result of a “vivid imagination.”
Making your way to the second floor, you will find 17th century works by Rubens and van Dyck, such as Garden of Love and Three Graces. Nearby, you will find painter Murillo’s three Immaculate Conceptions noted to be the highlights of this collection.
Without question, the works of Spanish artists El Greco and Goya are the main attractions of the museum. Though born in Crete, El Greco lived a fair amount of time in Toledo, Spain where he produced his famous John the Baptist, The Resurrection and The Adoration of the Shepherds.
Numerous works of Goya are also on display portraying the range of styles he used throughout the years. His Saturn Devouring One of His Sons which possibly represents his striking style during his later years. The Clothed Maja and Naked Maja are also highlights of Goya’s collection found in the museum, attracting many visitors every year.
The Museo del Prado is one of Madrid’s most popular tourist sites. The next time you are abroad, make a point to visit Madrid and this impressive museum. Even if you are staying in a nearby beach resort, a short trip to Madrid will definitely be worth the time to see works by some of the famous Spanish masters.