Prado Museum, Madrid

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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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    El Prado

    by nhcram Written Feb 10, 2005

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    One of the exhibits in the entrance hall

    One of the world's great museums is in a lovely building in the heart of Madrid. All the rooms have high ceilings and the style of the building is very grand indeed. The kind of art in this museum is just what I like - OLD and paintings I understand. It is totally different to the Reina Sofia. Works of art by famous painters such as Goya, Velasquez, Caravaggio and Rubens grace the walls of the Prado. I really enjoyed my afternoon here.

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 27, 2006

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    Madrid - Prado Museum - Velaques monument

    The best in the world assembly of the Spanish painting - El Greco, Velasques, Goya etc is kept in the museum. Pictures by Bottichelli, Bosh, Rembrandt, Durer etc are remarkable. Queen Isabella founded a collection in 1500 when she began to buy pictures for the palace. Pictures were kept in Alcazar in Toledo. After a fire in 1734 many pictures have been destroyed. The remained part of a collection was transported to Madrid. In 1819 museum became popular.

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    Prado Museum

    by roamer61 Written Oct 14, 2003

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    Family of Charles IV

    The Prado is one of the great Art Museums of the world and is a must see for any visit to Madrid. It has the worlds greatest collection of works by the Spanish Masters. Goya, Velazques and El Greco. There are also masterpieces by other european artists such as Albrecht Durer, Heironymous Bosch, Peter Paul Ruebens and others. A visit here should include the Spanish masters and include the more famous works by the other european masters. In any case, plan to spend at least 2-3 hours here. More if you have the time. This painting is by Francisco Goya and is one of his most famous portraits. It is called "The Family of Charles IV".

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written May 27, 2006

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    Madrid - Prado Museum

    Prado Museum certainly is the main sight in Madrid. It occupies two buildings: Cason del Buen Retiro (a ball palace of Phillip IV) and Edificio Villanueva. The last building was constructed in 1785-1819 by arcitect Villanueva specially for the Royal museum of paintings and sculptures in order of king Ferdinand VII.
    Prado Museum is one of the world's largest art museums. It is comparable with Louvre and Hermitage on riches of the collections.

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    The Prado Museum

    by smschley Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Prado Museum is one of the premium attractions. Located in the heart of Madrid, it is by one of the most beautiful parks of the city, El Parque del Retiro, and quite close to the Spanish congress. When it was originally built in the late 1700's, it was intended as the Natural Sciences museum. Later, Joseph Bonaparte (brother of Napoleon) redesignated it as an art museum, so that when it opened in 1819 under Fernando VII it became home to the Royal art collection.

    The Prado contains more than 9000 works, mainly paintings, although only about 1500 can be displayed at any one time. Inside you can view a number of paintings of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Peter Paul Rubens, and other famous artists. The Museum maintains the art collection of Fernando VII and other Royals and is one of the few museums that allow you to take no-flash photographs of their collection. .
    The Prado is open from 9 am to7 pm, Tuesday to Saturday but only stays open to 2 pm on Sundays and holidays

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    Museo del Prado

    by Aitana Updated Jul 28, 2009

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    The most important museum of Spain, one of the most important art galleries all over the world, I dare to say.
    A visit to the Museum is like a tour along the History of Spain. There are masterpieces of the most important painters, not only from Spain but from all Europe: Fra Angelico, Mantegna, El Greco, Tiziano, Murillo, Zurbarán, Velázquez, José de Ribera, Goya, Rafael, Caravaggio, Sorolla, Anton van Dyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, Durero, El Bosco…
    There usually are temporary expositions. Until September 6th there is an exhibition of the great painter Joaquin Sorolla that includes the big murals he painted for the Hispanic Society of New York.
    To avoid long queues, you can book the ticket at:
    https://www.gtp.es/prado/oberonweb_venta/
    The ticket for the temporary exposition allows visiting also the permanent collection of the Museum.

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    Prado Museum

    by Frisbeeace Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Museo del Prado

    In my previous tip I recommended not to buy the Madrid Card, so the next move is to buy the Abono Paseo del Arte (Art Pass) which includes tickets for the 3 major museums in Madrid: Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofia. The pass costs E7.66 while buying the tickets by separate would cost E10.80.

    El Prado is a must see if you want to know the best of Spanish painting (Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Murillo, Ribera). The Flemish and Italian schools are also well represented with masterpieces of Titian, Tintoretto, Rubens, Van Dyck and Hieronymus Bosch

    Tuesdays to Sundays: 9.00 -19.00 hs.
    Tickets 3.01 euros. Free on Sundays.
    Metro Banco de España.

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    Museo Nacional del Prado

    by Lorro Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Prado Muesum - Madrid

    The Prado is one of the most important museums in Europe. It has the world's finest collections of works by Diego Velázquez and Francisco Goya, as well as of Hieronymus Bosch (a personal favorite of King Philip II of Spain). The museum also has excellent collections of El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Raphael, Titian, Bartolome Esteban Murillo. Fine examples of the works of Melozzo da Forlì, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Veronese, and many other notable artists.

    New Opening hours
    Open 9am-8pm. Open Tuesday through Sunday

    Closed
    All Mondays
    1 January
    1 May
    25 December
    Good Friday

    Half Days
    From 9.00 h. to 14.00 h.:
    24 December
    31 December
    6 January

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    Museo Nacional del Prado

    by cinthya_in_victoria Updated Dec 31, 2008

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    This is one of the best museums I've visited. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century.

    Here you will find Spanish, German, Italian, Flamenco and French art as well as sculptures, stamps, drawings and temporary exhibitions. Among the most famous paitings are: Las Meninas and Las hilandreras by Velazquez, La maja desnuda and Carlos IV family by Goya, Artemisa by Rembrandt, etc.
    Unfortunately you're not allowed to film not take pictures inside :( so bad!

    It is opened from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 to 20. The entrance fee is 6€.
    Free entrance from Tuesday to Saturday from 18 to 20 and Sundays from 17 to 20.

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    The Prado

    by bijo69 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Prado Museum has one of the most famous collections of paintings in the world. Therefor I was quite curious to have a look... But as it was May 1st, the museum was closed :(. Decided to visit the nearby Botanical Gardens instead, but apparently I wasn't the only one who had that idea: there was a long queue in front of the ticket booth...

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    Claustro de los Jerónimos

    by Aitana Written Jul 30, 2009

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    The cloister of the Hieronymus monastery had been built in Baroque style. By the beginning of this century it was almost ruined. As the Prado Museum was to be enlarged, the Ministry of Culture and the church agreed a solution: the museum would be extended towards the monastery and would be given the land of the cloister, that would be connected underground to the main building of the Prado. The inner façade of the cloister was dismantled and rebuilt inside the Moneo’s Cube.
    The Museum has gained a space for temporary expositions. This part has a cubic shape and the top floor is the cloister of the Hieronymus.
    The cloister shows some statues of Leone and Pompeo Leoni such as the statues of Carlos V, his wife Isabel de Portugal and Felipe II.
    It’s not allowed to take photographs but I didn’t know and I took one before I was adverted.
    I admit I didn’t like the idea when I heard about the project, but when I saw it I realized it was brilliant. The outside of the Moneo’s cube fits with its environment. The underground connection is effective and mechanic stairs connect the different levels of the Cube. It reminded me the solution he adopted in the Museum of the Roman Theater of Cartagena.

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    Museo Prado

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Portrait of a Nobleman with His Hand on His Chest.

    I really enjoyed my visit to the Museo Prado and got to see El Greco's "Portrait of a Nobleman with His Hand on His Chest." c.1580.

    Many historians of art identify the sitter as Major Juan da Silva, Marquise de Monte, the head notary of Toledo.

    The Prado is considered one of the most important museums in the world. It houses the world's best Spanish paintings. I can get through here in a couple of hours but if you know what your doing a day isnt' enough.

    Some of the famous artist include Goya, El Greco and Picasso.

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    by ruki Written Oct 20, 2009

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    It is one of the world famous and cultural attractions of Madrid. There you can found one of the worlds greatest art work by the European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens ans Bosch. Prado museum is located in Neo- Classical building from 18 century which is opened in 1819.

    Opening hours: Tuesday to Sundays from 9am to 8 pm
    Museum closed on Mondays, 25thDecember, 1st January, Good Friday, 1st May
    Entrance fee: 6 euro

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    One of the must do art galleries of the world

    by ChrsStrl Written Aug 16, 2003

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    The Head of Antinoos in the Prado

    The Prado: go early and you avoid the coached crowds who arrive later. It means that you get to see some of the more famous paintings all by yourself - a distinct pleasure. Don't try to do the whole Prado - overload can happen quickly. Buy a guide book and head for the rooms you want, then choose a couple of others just to explore. Don't miss the sculpture galleries - they are often overlooked!

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