The Prado Museum is one of the most important art galleries in the world and one of the most visited museums. It is located in one of the most beautiful places in Madrid, Paseo del Prado is lovely stroll through the art and beauty, along with Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Center of Art of Reina Sofia.
The main building of the Prado Museum is a superb construction of Juan de Villanueva ordered by Carlos III, in whose reign the Botanical Garden and the Puerta de Alcalá were also carried out.
The old building of Villanueva keeps the most of the painting collections, sculpture and decorative arts. Just on its back, around the Parish Church of Royal St. Jerome, the architect Rafael Moneo has built a number of rooms dedicated to the temporary exhibitions, restoration workshops, an auditorium, a coffee shop, a restaurant and offices. Another building that is part of the museum is The Cason, former ballroom of the missing Palace of Buen Retiro. Today this space keeps the library and the reading room for researchers.
The Prado Museum has the most extensive in the world collection of Spanish painting.
This incomparable set includes the great works from the Romanesque period to the nineteenth century, with essential paintings by artists such as El Greco, Murillo, Zurbaran, Ribera, Sorolla, Goya and Velázquez, as The “Majas” by Goya or his famous black paintings, Las Meninas, The surrender of Breda or The spinners by Diego Velazquez.
Also you can find the masterpieces of the great European masters. You can admire the best of the Italian and Flemish schools to emblematic examples of German or French ones.
The list of titles and authors is really exceptional: The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, The Three Graces by Rubens, The Christ Washing the Feet of the Disciples by Tintoretto, Artemis by Rembrandt, The Canigiani Holy Family by Rafael, Self-portrait by Dürer , Portrait of Charles V by Titian, The Descent from the Cross of Van der Weyden …
Visit the Prado Museum is an unique experience not only because of the number of masterpieces but also of its original natural lighting system and restored Parish Church of Royal St. Jerome.