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    Prado Museum

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 15, 2014

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    The Museo del Prado in Madrid is one of the most famous art museums in the world, with a collection of about 3000 paintings and other works of art. It was established in 1819 by King Ferdinand VII.; since 1971, modern art was transferred to the Museo de Reina Sofia.

    The Prado collection focuses on Spanish painters such as Goya, Velazquez, El Greco as well as Dutch, Flemish and Italian renaissance and baroque artists. Some of the most priced works of art in the Prado Museum are paintings by Flemish artist Hieronymus Bosch.

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    World class art - Spend time with the Spanish Arts

    by Toughluck Written May 12, 2014

    We specifically made a point to see the Spanish art collection, of which these were the the highlights.
    Las Meninas by Velázquez,
    Jacob’s Dream by Ribera and
    The Third of May: the Executions on Príncipe Pío by Goya.

    Other things to include:
    The Annunciation by Fra Angelico,*
    Christ washing the Disciples’ Feet by Tintoretto,
    The Descent from the Cross by Rogier van der Weyden,
    The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch, and
    The Three Graces by Rubens.

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    One of the best museums in the world

    by GentleSpirit Updated Mar 5, 2013

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    The Museo del Prado, the art collection of the Spanish Royal Family, is one of the very best overall collections of European art. The collection is especially strong in the Spanish painters, particularly Velasquez (my favorite) and Goya. I also loved the great collection of Titian and Italian Renaissance paintings they had.

    The collection is especially interesting in that it reflects the origins of the royal family as well. Carlos V was Holy Roman Emperor and King of a Spain that was suddenly a European and world power. Carlos was the son of Juana of Castile (daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella- the Reyes Catolicos) and Phillip the Handsome (Hapsburg house, duke of Burgundy from Flanders). You see the increasing influence and presence of the artists from the Low Countries in the collection from this period. Why? well in this case, Carlos V actually spent very little time in Spain. He had grown up in the Low Countries and spent the majority of his reign there.

    One of the really nice things about the Prado,other than the very high level of quality of its exhibits, is that the museum itself is not as enormous as the Louvre or British Museum. You can go through it at a relaxed pace and see most if not all of it without having to spend days or weeks there. Give yourself at least 4 hours to see the Prado.

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    by Redang Updated Jul 7, 2012

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    The best museum of the world about painting.

    Important notice: As of 16th Janiary 2012, the museum will open 7 days a week.

    Free entry:
    - Monday to Saturday: From 18h to 20h (6pm to 8pm)
    - Sunday and bank holidays: From 17h to 19h (5pm to 7pm)

    Info about opening hours and prices:
    - www.museodelprado.es/visita-el-museo (en Español)
    - www.museodelprado.es/en/visit-the-museum (in English)

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    Getting in for nothing: February 2012

    by leics Written Feb 19, 2012

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    There's no point in writing loads about the Prado itself: it's a huge place stuffed ith artworks, some of which are indeed masterpieces.

    I like art, but not so much that I was prepared to pay the 12 euro entrance fee if there was a way of avoiding it. And there is, especially if (like me) you choose a hotel in the nearby area.

    The Prado is free every evening from 6pm-8pm. If you stay nearby you will be able to go on more than one evening, before you nip out for your evening meal/drink (as I did). Which is very pleasing. :-)

    The queue at 5.45m, when I joined, stretched to the Velasquez atatue and I was concerned that I would lose a lot of time actually getting into the museum. But it turned out not to be so. On the do of 6 the queue began to move steadily forwards, with the ticket sellers ready with free tickets as you entered and the security scanners functioning speedily. So I was inside and ready to go by 6.05 both times I visited.

    I've no doubt queues will be longer at busier times of year, so it makes sense to get there around, say, 5.30 or risk taking a bit longer to get in.

    Once inside, people quickly dispersed around the huge building so I was able to see all the paintings close-up, with no problems at all.

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    One of the best in the world !!!!

    by jlanza29 Written Jan 29, 2012

    One of Madrid's and Spain's biggest attraction is the Prado .... one of the best in the world no questions asked .... on par with the Lourve in Paris with some of the most beautiful art works in the world. Give yourself plenty of time !!! this place is huge !!!!! We came on Sunday afternoon when there is free entrance after 4:00 pm, but be warned the lines to get in free run almost a mile long ... so get there early and be ready to fight the huge crowds. The normal entrance fee is 12 euro's. A must do in Madrid !!!!!

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    Prado Museum

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 1, 2012

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    This museum is world famous and we intended to visit until we saw the length of the queues outside!!! I was not waiting in that not even for Goya and Velasquez. The area round about is well worth visiting. I liked the statues around the museum.

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    by Danalia Written Apr 18, 2011
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    The Museum presents the following collections:

    The Spanish Collection, The Flemish Collection,The Italian Collection.

    The Prado also holds important collections from the French, Dutch, German and British schools, as well as sculpture, prints, drawings and coins. All told, the Prado holds over 9,000 paintings, 7,000 prints and drawings and nearly 1,000 coins. The collection is so vast that only 1,500 works can be displayed on exhibit with the remainder of the collection rotated.

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    by Danalia Updated Apr 18, 2011

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    The Prado Museum is renowned as being the largest art gallery in the world.
    It also exhibits sculptures, drawings, coins and other works of arts, but it is undoubtedly its large collection of paintings which has given it fame worldwide.
    It houses more than 8,600 paintings, of which they exhibit less than 2,000 because of lack of space available.
    Many museums throughout the world have less artistic riches in their halls than the Prado Museum has in storage.

    The present day art gallery comes from the royal collections of the old Trinidad Museum, as well as acquisitions, donations and bequests.

    Its history began during the reign of Charles III, when he tried to create a single art collection under one roof.
    But it was not until the reign of Fernando VII when the Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture was created, on 19th November 1819.
    The kings death caused inheritance problems and endangered the unity of the collection, but with the disappearance of the monarchy in Spain the museum became national property and became known as the Prado National Museum.

    From then to this date, the works of art have survived several challenges and were transferred several times during the Spanish Civil War, ending up in the Swiss city of Geneva and being returned to Madrid during the Second World War.

    Nowadays, its treasures are exhibited in two adjacent buildings : the Villanueva Building where the majority of the works are housed, and the Cason del Buen Retiro.

    When to come?

    Tuesdays to Saturdays: 9am-7pm
    Sundays, holidays, 24th and 31st december: 9am-2pm
    Mondays: closed
    Closed 1st January, good Friday, 1st May, 25th December

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    Prado museum vs. Thyssen-Bornemisza

    by breughel Updated Apr 9, 2011

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    One might be tempted to compare the famous MUSEO NACIONAL DEL PRADO with the THYSSEN BORNEMISZA collection on the other side of the same avenue. I visited both museums several times and must say that my aesthetic pleasure was much greater each time at the Thyssen-Bornemisza than at the Prado Museum.
    I confess that I am not a fan of the Spanish school with its painters such as El Greco, Ribalta, Ribera, Murillo, or Zurbaran. My taste or judgement has probably been "spoiled" by having grown up surrounded by Flemish and Dutch paintings.
    Fortunately for those who might share my taste, the Prado has a large section of Flemish painters (1000 paintings) including Van de Weyden, Bosch ("the Garden of Delights") and Rubens and 200 works from Dutch painters.
    Most spectacular is Jerome Bosch whose pictures have always fascinated viewers; Philip II, king of Spain, was a major art collector who liked the bizarre fantasies of this Netherlandish master.

    If in his time Bosch was regarded as the inventor of monsters and chimeras, today his paintings still hold as an intriguing attraction reflecting mysterious practices of the Middle Ages.

    I was surprised during my last visit at the Prado to notice that guides stopped their groups in front of his famous triptych " The Garden of the Delights " to explain at length its symbolism, while in previous years they would spend more time on Velazquez and other painters of the Spanish school.
    Jerome Bosch seems a rising star in the world of the fans of the esotericism, the mysteries and the sects. Should we see here a collateral effect of the "Da Vinci Code" esoteric passion?

    With the help of Google Earth it is now possible to see major works of the Prado such as the Garden of Delights in detail and high resolution. Fantastic!

    On the other side of the Paseo del Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum was enlarged in June 2004 to display more than 200 paintings collected by Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza. The collection of the Baroness is a natural continuation of the historical Thyssen-Bornemisza collection (located in Madrid since 1992) and includes 17th century Dutch painting, 19th century landscape, North American painting, Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Avant-Garde movements. It is a real pleasure to visit the new galleries which complement the historical collection. Quality and variety are the characteristics of this museum which now belongs among the Europe’s best museums of paintings.

    To conclude: a visit to Madrid must include both museums.

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    Prado Museum

    by marielexoteria Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of Madrid's famous art museums and part of the "Triangle of Culture" together with Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia museums. It's not as big as the Louvre but it has a good collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures, including an interesting exhibition of Middle Eastern carpets, pottery, paintings, etc.

    Minus points for not allowing visitors to take pictures inside the museum, even without flash (although I found out after I took the last 2 pictures of this tip).

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    The Building

    by barbskie Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This popular museum is really that very interesting to see. This is an art Museum housing the world's richest and most comprehensive collection of Spanish painting, Italian and Flemish and other masterpieces of other schools of European paintings. Has a Neo-classical style of building designed by Architect Juan de la Villanueva as commisioned by Charles III in 1785. During the war of Napoleon's time, the costruction was stopped and was completed in 1819 under Ferdinand VII. Then was opened to the public as the Royal Museum of Painting. In 1868, it became the National Museum of Prado.

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    What an art experience

    by Joacim Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When I went to the Prado Museum I didn't know what to expect. I had ofcourse heard about it before I went to Madrid but since I'm not a devoted art lover you'll never know.

    It really blew my mind, it was so fantastic! I got the audiotour of the place which guided me throgh all the most important paintings and that was fantastic. I spend 4 hours with just the audiotour and I really have to go back and look it all over again because my mind was just so full of impressions so I had to go out of there.

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    Following Goya and Velazquez ...

    by Rita_ Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Here you can find the masterpieces of the biggest spanish painters as Goya, Velazquez and El Greco and several creations of some other interprets of the spanish art as Josè de Ribera, Murillo and Zurbaràn.
    "La Maya Vestida" and "La Maya Desnuda" of Goya and "La familia de Felipe IV", best known as "Las Meninas" of Velazquez, well worth the ticket.
    The ticket for the Paseo del Prado (Museo del Prado + Centro de Arte de Reina Sofia + Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza) costs Euro 14,50.

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    by ozalp Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I was simply unconscious in Prado. I was charmed by many pictures and sculptures, which I had seen in books and many more, which I’d never seen. I had been in there approximately for 4 hours and I can easily say that it wasn’t sufficient for me.
    I saw my first El Greco and Goya paintings here. I remember how I runned between halls to catch my companions. This is my first important museum in abroad. I'd like to visit it again.

    Just look at many figures under the claws of the eagle!

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