Spain is one of the most culturally rich countries in all of Europe and is particularly renowned for its appreciation for the arts. Therefore, it should be of no surprise that Madrid plays host to one of the most prestigious museums in the world. The Prado Museum, or the Museo Nacional del Prado as it is known in Spanish, is a must-see for anyone looking to experience one of the most eclectic collections of art ever to be kept under one roof.
What is There to See at the Prado museum?
As the museum is a particularly large one, there are specific routes designed to accommodate each visitor’s length of stay. Thus, routes have been organised which present fifteen, thirty or fifty works of art. These paths boast some of Europe’s finest masterpieces that include works by Fra Angelico, Tintoretto, Rogier van Weyden and Rubens.
Exhibitions at the Prado Museum
The museum has a number of exhibitions currently on display, ranging from The Agony in the Garden with the Donor Louis d’Orleans to a wonderful collection of miniature artwork that will be running until March 21st. In the near future, the Prado Museum will be displaying a number of Spanish drawings obtained from the British Museum from the Renaissance period to Goya and they will also host an exhibition entitled ‘Hidden Beauty’ which serves to highlight cabinet-sized works.
Prado Museum Discovers Hidden Painting of French Ruler Louis d’Orleans
Of particular interest is a recent discovery this museum has uncovered. The image of this French ruler (Image left) was previously concealed under a hidden layer of paint where it had apparently remained hidden since the 15th century. It is one of the only known surviving portraits of the Duke and the only one painted on wood.
Prado Museum Receives Large Art Donation
Serving to highlight this museum’s importance to the art community, Prado Museum has recently received its largest private donation in decades. This donation consists of twelve medieval and renaissance works from Spanish painters including a work titled ‘The Virgin of Tobed’ which featured prominently in a church in northeastern Spain.
The Prado Museum represents a living testament to the wonderful work that Spanish painters have produced over the centuries. For both the seasoned art aficionado and the newcomer to this eclectic field, this venue is not to be missed.
How to Get to the Prado Museum
Once one arrives in Madrid, locating the museum is relatively simple. Aptly set on Madrid’s famous avenue the Paseo del Prado, it is one of the main attractions in the city. As Madrid has many metro lines, this route is generally the easiest for tourists. One would simply take the metro to the Banco de Espana station and easily find signs to the museum from there. Also, there are a number of public buses that also arrive directly at the site. Buses 9, 10, 14, 19, 27 and 45 all cross this route. Should one be travelling by rail, the Atocha station is the nearest and is well within walking distance. Parking is available, however it must be noted that it may be expensive.
How Much Does it Cost?
As would be expected, entrance prices for this museum vary depending on the number of visitors and whether or not one wishes to opt for a guided tour. General entrance fees for individuals will cost €14 while guided tours cost €22. Reduced prices of €7 are available for children and the elderly. Please note that these tickets can be purchased directly via the museum’s website. On Sundays entrances are free.
The museum can be contacted by telephone on + 34 91 330 28 00 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Their website can be viewed in English at http://www.museodelprado.es/en
Images courtesy of the Museo del Prado and hesterr on Flickr.