The Prado Museum is the prominent Spanish national art museum in central Madrid, also known as Museo Nacional Del Prado. It ranks among the world's greatest art museums.
It prides the collection of over 7000 paintings. Prado Museum has the most significant collection of classical art and the globe's best fine art collections in Spain to be the most popular destination. It opened in 1819 and soon earned the reputation of the world's first public art museums. It will charm you even when you are not a 'museum' person.
The main building has 1300 pieces on display all the time. The enormous Neo-Classical 18th-century edifice houses 8200 drawings, 4800 prints, 1000 sculptures, and 7600 paintings, including the treasures of the Grand Dauphin.
You will witness British and European art from the 12th century to the early 19th century. Additionally, it preserves an exhaustive collection of classical Spanish Works and sculptures. These magnificent sculptures date back to the 6th century BC and mirror alliances of the time and the royal tastes.
The museum was renovated in 2007 to have a cube-shaped extension building for ongoing exhibitions, a cloister to showcase sculptures, and a new drawing and prints area. The 15 masterpieces include 'The Annunciation' by Fra Angelico, 'Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet' by Tintoretto, and Rubens' 'The Three Graces.' Key Spanish works are ‘Las Meninas' by Velázquez (also interpreted by Picasso at Museo Picasso in Barcelona and one of the best-known works in the Prado), 'Jacob's Dream' by Ribera, and Goya's 'The Third of May.'
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Witness up close early Flemish religious masterpieces Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights (Room 56A) and Rogier van der Weyden’s Descent from the Cross(room 58). Remain ahead of the tour groups for a better experience. You will have Fra Angelico’s Annunciation (Room 56B) and a collection of Raphael on the ground floor.
The cardinal (Room 49) depicts astonishing realism and incisive gaze. Also explore revolutionary works by Albrecht Dürer in Room 55B: Adam and Eve, and his Self-Portrait of 1498. It combines northern and southern European traditions. Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights presents a complicated scene.
Move upstairs to immerse yourself in the Spanish Golden Age at the vast central gallery (Rooms 25-29). Two foreign painters Titian and Rubens wielded a considerable influence on Spanish art. Prado possesses the world's most significant collections of Titian. He worked as a painter in the court of the Hapsburg kings Charles V and Philip II.
The emperor Charles V in the central hall has a portrait of Philip II alongside his mythological masterpieces Sisyphus and Tityus. You will see Rubens late masterpieces The Three Graces and The Adoration of the Magi after you step down the great hall. Rubens was also a favorite of Habsburg court. The portrait of Charles V influenced Spanish painters tremendously.
Move to Rooms 8B and 9B to explore Spanish traditions. Spanish court never fully recognized El Greco, one of the strangest painters. Hence, he had his most outstanding works in Toledo rather than in the Prado.
El Greco's religious and secular work includes Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest and The Holy Trinity (Room 8B). The greatest Spanish painter of all time, Diego Velazquez, is known for the intimacy of portraiture, questioning of reality, and impressionistic style. He inspired artists through the centuries. See his major work of The Surrender at Breda(9A), The Triumph of Bacchus(10), and Apollo at the Forge of Vulcan(11). Las Meninas stands out as Velazquez’s best-known works in Room 12.
Rooms 15, 32, 36, 64–67
You will see Velazquez’s portraits of dwarfs and buffons, and The Spinners in Room 15A. In-Room 32, you will get an ambiguous Family of Charles IV by the final Spanish master Francisco de Goya. His scandalous work includes Maja Desnuda and Maja Vestida. Goya painted black paintings directly onto his walls at the end of his life.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.