Museo Nacional Del Prado

Museo Del Prado Madrid Entrance
Museo Del Prado Madrid Entrance.

Museo Nacional Del Prado is a national Spanish art museum in Madrid and it has the finest, or one of the finest collections of European art from the 12:th century all the way to the early 20:th century. It is based on what was the Royal Spanish art collection and it has the finest collection of Spanish art in the world. The museum was founded in 1821 and it is one of the larger museums in Spain. Francisco Goya is the artist that is most represented in the museum but there are many others such as, El Greco, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez and countless works of other great artists.

If you plan on visiting more than one museum of the Museo Nacional’s in Spain an annual card might make sense, it can be bought at the ticket office and the cost in August 2017 is €36.06 and that gives you unlimited entries to a list of museums across Spain for a year, follow this link to see the list.

Ticket purchasing area at the Prado
Ticket purchasing area at the Prado.
Francisco Goya, painter/printmaker and one of the most important and influential Spanish artists of the late 18:th and early 19:th century
Francisco Goya, painter/printmaker and one of the most important and influential Spanish artists of the late 18:th and early 19:th century.
Entrance hall of the Prado museum, with the marble sculpture The Defence of Zaragoza (1818-1825) by José Álvarez Cubero in the back to the right.
Entrance hall of the Prado museum, with the marble sculpture The Defence of Zaragoza (1818-1825) by José Álvarez Cubero in the back to the right.
Charles V and the Fury
Charles V and the Fury, Bronze – Italian school 1564.

A copy of a statue of Charles V from the courtyard at the Alcazar in Toledo is placed in one of the rotundas in the Prado. It shows Charles V as a warrior stepping on Fury represented by a man in chains with an angry look full of hatred. This is to show that Charles V as a Christian hero bringing peace to his people. Here is the original at the Alcazar of Toledo:

Original statue of Charles V and the Fury, at the Alcazar of Toledo.
Original statue of Charles V and the Fury, at the Alcazar of Toledo.
Museo Nacional Del Prado gift shop, exit here!
Museo Nacional Del Prado gift shop, exit here!
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