Museo del Prado in Madrid

Europe - Editor - 02 June 2011

Museo del Prado in Madrid

The Museo del Prado is one of the most magnificent museums in the world today as it is houses an exquisite collection of rare art and sculptures. It is also one of the most visited museums for this reason. Here visitors can marvel at paintings created by famous artists centuries ago. Ancient sculptures will leave visitors breathless due to their attention to detail and how the sculptor was able to capture the life of his model. The Museo del Prado is located in the city of Madrid, Spain, and is a recommended attraction while visiting the city.

A new wing has been added to the museum, allowing an additional four hundred paintings to be on temporary display within this hall. It boasts a permanent collection of more than seven thousand six hundred paintings, just over eight thousand prints, a staggering number of historical documents and a thousand sculptures. Some of the collection is either in storage or on loan to other museums, while the museum displays approximately one thousand three hundred works at a time. It has one of the largest collections of Spanish works of art and Velazquezs Las Meninas is one of the main attractions in the museum. At present the museum’s Guernica, by Pablo Picasso, is on loan to the Museo Reina Sofia. Francisco de Goya painted La Maja Desnuda between 1797 and 1800, and other Spanish artworks displayed include works by Alonzo Cano, El Greco, Ribera and Vicente Lopez. When looking at the gothic, early renaissance and Romanesque times, paintings and frescoes of Santa Cruz de Maderulo and San Baudelio de Berlanga are crucial to the collection, as is the Saint Dominic Presiding Over An Auto-de-Fe by Pedro Berruguette, done in 1475.

Other paintings to look forward to include a piece by Francisco Goya of Charles IV of Spain and His Family (1800 – 1801), Tintoretto's Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet (c 1548), The Annunciation by Fra Angelico (1430 – 1432), and Titian's rendition of an Equestrian Portrait of Charles V (1548). In their German painting collection are works done by Albrecht Duer, which includes a self portrait (1498) and his painting of Adam and Eve, done in 1507.

The sculptures are also nothing short of spectacular with works dating back to the Archaic period, as well as a kouros from the sixth century and a Greek horse head which was done within the same period, sculpted from marble. It is estimated that the horse head was done in 515 BC. The Museo del Prado has endless numbers of historical and priceless works of art, and is an attraction that should not be missed while in Madrid.


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