This is a must. You can spend from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks depending on how many paintings, sculptures, etc... you want to see. There are more than 1500 paintings on exhibition (9000 in the museum)!!!!
Goya, Ribera, Velazquez, Murillo, El Greco, Brueghel, Van der Weyden, Van Dyck, El Bosco, Durero, Rembrandt, Rubens, Fra Angélico, Mantegna, Botticelli, Bronzino, Rafael, Tiziano, Tintoretto...
My advise is to visit just a few rooms (the ones of the painters you like the most) spending 2 or 3 hours. It is imposible to see the whole museum in one day and in the end, you will be dead-tired.
Tuesday to Sunday and public holidays 9am – 7pm
24 and 31 December 9am – 2pm
One of the most prestigious museums in the world, the Prado (Musea Nacional Del Prado) is a must-see for all visitors to Madrid. The work of world renown artists like Goya, El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt and thousands of others can be viewed in the 4 level museum.
My highlight was The Treasures of the Dauphin located in the basement of the museum
The web site as listed below is an excellent planning tool and includes suggested short visits of 1, 2 and 3 hours. To view entire collection would take several days.
Closed Mondays, basic admittance 6 Euro with discounts to applicable pass holders (check web site for details)
Prado Museum is one of the best art galleries in the world. There are Goya’s and Velazquez’s works in collection of Prado. You can see Spanish, French, Flemish and Dutch, German, Italian paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, drawings and prints in Prado.
From the 16th century, the Spanish crown governed the Netherlands and this explains the wealth of Flemish paintings in the Prado. The collections of paintings by early Netherlands artist – Weyden, Bouts, Memling – together with paintings by Bosch and Brueghel displayed on the ground floor. On the main floor is the collection of 17th century by Flemish paintings, which includes works by Rubens, Van Dyck and Brughel.
I could talk about El Prado during hours, as my parents used to take my siblings and me to visit the place during our loooong summers in the city. You see, I didn't visit any interesting or exotic country during my childhood, but I grown to be an art enthusiast ;-)
The museum holds the most remarkable and huge pictoric collection of the city, which includes some of my favorite Spanish painters of all the time: Velazquez, Goya, Murillo, etc. The collection is so big that what you see hanged on the walls constitutes just the 10% of the total museum patrimony.
If you go to Madrid the single must thing that you have to do is visit the Prado. This is arguably the greatest collection of European Painting in the world(certainly rivaled only by the National Gallery of Art in London, and the Louvre in Paris). The collection consists of over 7,000 works of which only 1,500 paintings are presently available for view.
The collection was brought together by the royal family of Spain throughout 16th to the 19th centuries. No matter what history might think of them, the Kings of Spain had exquisite taste as their collection is marvellous. The collection is of course very strong in Spanish art. The most important pieces by Velazquez, Riberia, El Greco, and Goya are all here. Also well represented are Bosch, Rubens, Titianm Tinteretto and many more artist.
Although the Prado is needless to say, huge a visit is not as exhausting as the Louvre. It is easy to see most of the major works depending of course you know where and what they. The shop sells an excellent guide book for this purpose.
The museum is open from 9am to 7pm from Tuesday to Saturday and from 9am to 2pm on Sundays and holidays. It costs just 3 Euros to visit which makes it one of the least expensive world class art museums.
The Prado is reputed to have the greatest collection of paintings in Europe. If you visit, you will come away thinking there could not be more anywhere. There are over 8500 paintings as well as thousands of other sculptures, decorative objects, coins, drawings, etc. Of course Spanish art is well represented with probably over a hundred by Goya and they all seem to be the size of a small house. You will also encounter El Greco, Velazquez and other Spanish painters as well as collections of Flemish, Dutch, German, Italian and French painters. If you are in Madrid, don't miss the best museum this side of the Louvre.
An excellent collection of works by Velazquez (including Las Meninas), Greco, Goya, Murillo, Rembrant, etc!!!
A very nice museum. For people on a low budget, the museum is free on Sundays, but you must then count on it being rather crowded. To truly enjoy all the art work, pay up and go during the week!
There are some interesting museums at Madrid, but three of the most important art museums are very close one to the other: Prado, Reina Sofía and Tyssen. You can find there excellent painting collections, from Goya to Picasso, from Velázquez to Juan Gris, from primitive Italians to pop-art. Visiting each one can take several hours, so put your most comfortable shoes on!!
Hay varios museos interesantes en Madrid, pero son tres los más importantes, y estáan muy cerca el uno del otro: Prado, Reina Sofía y Tyssen. Allí se encuentran excelentes colecciones de pintura, desde Goya hasta Picasso, desde Velázquez hasta Juan Gris, desde los primitivos italianos hasta el pop-art. La visita de cada uno puede llevar varias horas, así que ponte tus zapatos más cómodos!!!
Great museum, we walked through it for hours and didn't see everything. There's so much to see, 'the' museum for fans of Goya, Velazquez.
Only 3euro to get in and 3euro for an audio tour (which is worth the money). Free entry on sunday. Or buy a combination ticket for Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia, it's called Paseo del Arte, it saves you 3euro.
The Prado Museum has the greatest collection of Spanish painting anywhere in the world. The building is also impressive with its central halls and its impressive exterior facades.
Personally, Spanish painting is one of my favorite types of art, so I was especially excited to visit the Prado and see the works of Diego Velasquez, Francisco Goya and El Greco up close. Fortunately, the collection is divided by artist so it's very easy to go directly to the works in which you are most interested. When you enter the museum, pick up a floorplan from the information booths at the front.
One thing I found very interesting was the section of Goya's "black paintings" which are all pretty grim and disturbing, but isn't art supposed to shake us up a bit? I also enjoyed Velasquez's crucifixion painting (don't know the exact name) and of course, his most famous work, "Las Meninas."
I went on a Sunday morning when the museum is FREE! It's free all day Sunday and Saturday after 2:30.
Here we began the Museums route in Madrid, the 3 more important, Prado, Sofia and Thysem
It is considered one of the most important galleries in the world.
Some painters here are:
Vel?zquez, Goya, El Greco, Zurbar?n, Ribera, raphael, Botticelli, Fra Ang?lico, Rubens, Bosch, Rembrandt and more.
Are you in Museums mood? We have another two to visit....
Just at the front of the Museo del Prado, at the middle entrance you can find this statue from Velazquez.
Normally I enter through the side entrances, but I remeber being younger and entering from this one, not sure if you can do it right now.
This front of the Museum is one of the most beautiful of the building
Don`t leave Madrid without having visited the Prado! It was opened in the first half of 19th century. On three floors most important paintings and sculptures are showed - it is really amazing. A big part of the exhibition is focused on Diego Velázquez. He was the painter at the court of King Felipe IV. The most easy thing to do is to start your visit immediately with room no 12, the architectural centre of the building. Here you can see Velázquez world famous painting "Las Meninas". It is a huge painting, showing infanta Margarita, daughter of Felipe IV in the palace with court ladies around her and also 2 people who seem to be children at first sight, but actually are people of a short statue. Felipe IV "kept" those people in his palace as jesters to distract himself. Around the Meninas painting you can see portraits of those jesters painted by Velázquez as well. In the Meninas painting you`ll see the painter himself and Felipe and his second wife apparitionally in the background - so in one of the theories about the painting it was supposed that Velázquez had painted a mirror reflection.
Another thing you shouldn`t miss at your visit are the "black paintings" by Goya. Those are called black on one hand because Goya used mainly dark colours and also because of the dark themes you can see on them - have for example a look at the Saturno painting, which shows Saturn eating one of his sons - rather scary! Goya painted those directly at the walls in his house outside Madrid.
Apart from Velázquez and Goya you can see further paintings by El Greco, Rubens, Rembrandt or Caravaggio - just to name a few. Have also a look at the strange painting "Mujer Barbuda" by Ribera, showing Magdalena Ventura, a bearded woman nursing a child. It makes sense to buy some kind of a guide book or take an audio guide if you do not understand Spanish, descriptions are in Spanish only. A visit to the Prado takes 3 hours approximately. Admission fee is EUR 6, on Sunday and on some Spanish holidays it is free!
This was my number one must-see for my trip to Madrid. As someone very interested in art, I was keen to see some of my favorite artists that are represented in Madrid along with seeing the best of the Spanish artists that are on display.
I had heard about horrible lines to get into the museum and we were going in the slow tourist season. But I didn’t want to be waiting outside and standing in long lines for tickets, so I purchased our tickets online ahead of our visit, allowing us to select the time we wanted to enter the museum (only a specific number of tickets are sold every half hour). I printed up our tickets and brought them with us at the specified time, allowing us to simply walk into the museum without waiting in line.
There are no photographs allowed in the Prado, so we left our coats at the cloakroom and were told that I would have to put my camera bag in a locker. However, the lockers were on the floor above us and difficult to find. This seemed a bit odd and I’m not sure why there are no lockers at the main entrance and near the cloakroom, especially since this is near the temporary exhibits, the shop, and the café. No matter, lockers found, bags stored, map in hand, we were on our way to see some of the best art in the world.
Before we began our tour, we declined a private tour from a gentleman that was very insistent that he knew better than me about what I was going to see (ha! Don’t get me started). I was very firm and explained that I was confident I could navigate around the museum and understand what I was looking at without paying for his services (and to see what he felt we should see). For Hubby’s sake, we did pick up an audio guide. I was a bit disappointed that with a €12/person admission the audio guides did not come with the ticket. So we only got one at €5 and shared it. One plus to this was when the audio guide was returned, our receipt for the guide would be converted into a ticket to one of the temporary exhibitions.
The Prado ranks up there with the Louvre and contains the best Spanish collections, especially Velázquez and Goya, but there are also a lot of Renaissance works, both Italian and Flemish. And the Prado has one of the best collections of Hieronymus Bosch in the world, primarily because King Philip II was a huge fan and collector of this Flemish Renaissance artist that created very unique paintings.
Some of my personal must-see paintings in the Prado included:
Velázquez: Las Meninas and The Surrender of Breda
Goya: Nude Maja, Family of Carlos IV, Third of May 1808, Saturn devouring one of his sons
Fra Angelico: The Annunciation
Mantegna: Death of the Virgin
Caravaggio: David and Goliath
Bosch: Garden of Earthy Delights
Van der Weyden: Descent from the Cross
Patinir: Crossing the River Styx
Mor: Mary Tudor
Peter Brueghel the Elder: Triumph of Death
Rubens: Three Graces
Dürer: Self Portrait
I planned on three hours in the Prado and spent most of my time looking at the collections, but I admit that I spent most of this time only looking at the items on my list. You will need to spend more time at the Prado if you intend to look at everything and listen to a good bit of information on the audio guide.
We had a quick snack at the café which was a bit pricey and purchased a gift at the bookshop before we met up with VTer redang for our tour of Madrid.
The Prado, like the Louvre, is definitely a place that a person could revisit again and again and always see something new.
There are free admission hours on Saturdays from 1800-2000 and Sundays/holidays 1700-1900.