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    Prado's Museum

    by zindara Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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
    3 Euros

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    Musea Nacional Del Prado - The Prado

    by sirgaw Written Jan 28, 2008

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    El Greco

    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)

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    Museo Nacional del Prado (National Museum Prado)

    by LanaFromRiga Written Dec 6, 2004

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    A look inside Prado Museum

    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.

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    Expositions in Prado: Flemish and Dutch paintings

    by LanaFromRiga Written Dec 6, 2004

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    Rubens Three Graces

    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.

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    Museo de El Prado

    by agarcia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Velazquez door of El Prado

    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.

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    The Prado

    by Paul2001 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights

    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.

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    One of the world's great art museums

    by rexvaughan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Prado

    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.

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    El Prado!!

    by tejanasueca Updated Dec 14, 2004

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    Velazquez's La Meninas

    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!

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    Prado Museum

    by tweetycaro Updated Oct 29, 2003

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    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.

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    Artistic Triangle

    by andal13 Updated Jul 14, 2003

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    Museo del Prado

    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!!!

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    Museo del Prado

    by acemj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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.

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    Museo del Prado

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    entrance

    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....

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    Velazquez Memorial

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    Velazquez

    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

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    Museo Nacional Del Prado

    by coccinella169 Updated Aug 27, 2007

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    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!

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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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