On the top of my must-see list for Madrid was the Prado Museum. On the top of my must-see list for the Prado Museum were the paintings by Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez, or Velaázquez for short. Specifically, I wanted to see two of more famous works, Las Meninas and The Surrender of Breda.
Velázquez was the court painter to King Philip IV during the mid-1600s. Many of his works were portraits of the royal family and other important people. While many of his most important works are here in Madrid, art lovers can find his paintings around the world.
His masterpiece Las Meninas is an amazing piece that appears to center on the small princess. However, the name of the portrait indicates that it is really focuses on her two ladies in waiting that stand on either side of her. The room is bustling with energy and Velázquez is standing nearby with his paint and brush working on a very large canvas. What is he painting? Is it the painting we see? Or is it a portrait of the king and queen, who the view can see reflecting in the mirror on the wall, perhaps watching all the activity surrounding their young daughter? We shall never know, but we do know that this work by Velázquez is masterfully done.
His Surrender of Breda is another masterful painting depicting the Dutch handing the keys to the city of Bredo over to the Spanish army after the siege of Breda. It is a work of art with the action in the people, the large war horse, and the vertical lances from the Spanish army.
Because of the importance Velázquez had on the art world in Spain and his obvious talent, he is an ever present figure in Madrid and especially around the area of the Prado Museum where there is a large sculpture of the painter in front of the museum. His work is well worth a visit to Madid and to the Prado…but if you are coming to the museum, check out some of the other great Spanish artists on display there as well!
Photos were not allowed in the Prado, but you can visit his works online.
Favorite thing: The Prado has also a large collection of Italien Art. Botticelli's history of Nastagio degli Onesti depicts a vision of a k knight who is forever damned to haunt his beloved and kill her is an example you can find. als o Rafael (Christus falling) and Tintoretto (washing the feet) are highlights in the Italian collection. As the Spanish royals got maried to the french royals there is also the introduction of french paintings in Madrid. the prado has works by Poussin (f.e. Parnassus) and Lorrain (Paula Romana at Ostia). Also interesting is that behind the Prado you can find the Cason del Buen Retiro. here you find work from the neoclassistic and romantic period. best paintings are by Fortuny, Rusinol, Sorolla
The interest of the Prado lies in its royal collections. De hughe amount of foreign artpieces relects Spain's historical power over European countries especially over Belgium and Holland. the close relationship with Holalnd and Belgium let to the admiration of the pritive artists such as Campin and Van der Weyden, but most striking is the work by Bosch. Phillp 2 th. collected most of his work. some of his paintings to be seen are: Antonius' temptation, the haywagon and the Garden of Lust. Also we can see Brueghel, f.e. his Triumph of Death. And finally, the Prado exibits more than 100 canvasses by Rubens. His worship of the Wise is amongst his best ones.
Fondest memory: Garden of Lust by Bosch is amazing. You can scan all the details and get lsot in the bizar phantasies of the image.
Let me be your guide at the Prado. if you only visit the Prado one time you should go for the Spanish painters. The Golden Erea is best represented by the works of Velazquez. He was an important painter at court, as he produced from his 28 th till his dead. he painted realsm work as well as portraits, paintings with religious and mytholigical subjects. His most striking peace of art is perhaps "Las Meninas" In the 18 th century it was Goya who gave spanish painting new life. in the french earea he painted the misery of war, his Third May being the best and most moving example. later on he got fame for his paintings known as "negros."
Fondest memory: The 3 th mai. Goya's best painting an a precursor of realism art in the 18 th century.
The Prado exibits the largest collection of Spanish paintings in the world. We can find Goya, Velazquez omongst them. The builing itself is neo-classistic and has been designed by Villaneuva, orered by king Carlos 3 th. The museum aslo collects paintings by flamish artisist such as Rubens. Highlights are: The Daughters of Zeus by Rubens, the sheppard's worship by El Grecco, Garden of Lust by Bosch, Naked Maja by Goya.
Fondest memory: there is so much teo be seen in the Prado, its amazing if you like art.
Fondest memory: I was so happy to find RUBEN's painting here. RUBEN is one of my favorite painter & pictured is the THREE GRACES (c. 1639) which was part of his personal collection. The 3 women dancing in a ring - The Graces - are representing Love, Joy & Revelry.
Spend at least half day exploring PRADO's collection which comprises of Spanish paintings, Flemish & Dutch paintings, Italian paintings, French paintings & German paintings.
Fondest memory: Pictured here is GOYA's collection of the Naked Maja where he tacked the subject of nudity.
From Old Madrid I took the metro to PLAZA DE CIBELES where a fountain with Roman goddess Cybele statue was spotted. It's beautiful & it was a long walk towards MUSEO DEL PRADO where I intended to visit. I passed by many interesting buildings & after having walked for at least 20 minutes, I finally found the PRADO MUSEUM!
There are many people queing to see the world's most comprehensive collection of Spanish paintings especially works by GOYA & VELAZQUEZ.
Fondest memory: Pictured here is GOYA's collection of Clothed Maya.
The most famous Museum in the 'Art Triangle' (Prado, Thyssen, Reina Sofia) of Madrid. Velazquez, El Greco and El Bosco are my favourites, but there are thousands more. 2 hours for a quick visit, a whole week for art lovers.
Located at Paseo del Prado, by the Ritz Hotel. Metro: Banco de España, Atocha. Bus: 9, 27
Fondest memory: www.museoprado.mcu.es
I have to admit the the day the group visited the Museo del Prado I didn't go with them because I was very tired.
Consequently, I can't give any information about the museum.
However, I am giving the working hours:
Metro:Banco de España
Fondest memory: Spent a whole day Visited Prado museo, after beefore attending dinner with friends, bought a small wallet at Prada Madrid.