Fascinating Art At The Prado Museum Madrid

If you are an art lover there are so many amazing art galleries to visit around the world. From the Lourve in Paris to the Art Institute of Chicago to the National Portrait Gallery in London, whether you are into traditional art or modern art there are some wonderful art museums. One of those museums that you should visit but you may not have heard so much about is the Prado Museum in Madrid. 

Prado Museum

It's full of wonderful and extensive collections of Spanish and European paintings. A really wonderful museum. If you haven't heard about it before, please read on to find out about the fascinating art at the Prado Museum in Madrid.

Where is it?

The Prado Museum is situated in the city of Madrid, the capital of Spain. Madrid is a rich cultural destination, known for its historical buildings, its food markets, its museums and its nightlife. Being a little over a two hour flight from the UK, it's the perfect weekend destination. 

The Prado Museum

The Triumph of Bacchus
The Triumph Of Bacchus by Diego Velázquez

The Museo del Prado or Prado Museum houses one of the world´s finest collections of European art and paintings, most notably its Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools, daring from the 12th century. It has an extensive collection of Francisco Goya's work and is also known for work by El Greco, Titian, Rubens and Diego Velazquez. 

The collection at the Prado Museum has approximately 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures, in addition to many other works of art and historic documents. You could spend days here and still not see it all! If you are a real art lover then dedicate at least a couple of days to see the well-known art, and expect to come back every time you are in Madrid.

Some of the famous paintings at Prado include 

Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights.

Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights

  • The Triumph Of Bacchus by Diego Velázquez, The painting shows Bacchus surrounded by drunks.
  • Bosch’s Garden Of Earthly Delights. The painting represents the insatiable weakness of man for not resisting sinful physical temptation.
  • Goya's The Second Of May In Madrid. The painting depicts the dramatic riots in Madrid on May 2, 1808, after Napoleon's troops had invaded the country.
  • Peter Paul Rubens' Adoration of the Magi. The Magi present their gifts to Christ as a child. They are in the company of a large group of people. A young Jesus seems to be playing with the incense given to him.
The Prado Museum costs 15 Euros per person and concessions are 7. 50 Euros.

Other art museums

Madrid is a great place to visit for art lovers as there is an abundance of other art museums too. 

The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía or the Queen Sofía Museum is Spain's national museum of 20th-century art. The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza or the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is a museum close to the Prado Museum that complements its art with art from the English, Dutch and German schools.

Where to stay

There are a number of hotels near the Prado museum. My favourite luxury hotels include the following.

Hotel Urban. A 5-star luxury boutique hotel with a rooftop pool
Soho Boutique Congresso. A 4-star hotel in the centre of Madrid.
Axel Hotel Madrid. A 4-star hotel adult hotel in the Huertas district.

As you can see if you are an art lover, then it is well worth visiting the Prado Museum Madrid. Let me know if you have ever been or want to go. 

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