It is a real magic triangle the one that
imaginarily unites the three art temples
of Madrid . At the vertex: the legendary
Museo del Prado. At the other two corners:
the Thyssen Bornemisza and the Centro de
Arte Reina Sofia. Visiting any of them guarantees
an unforgettable walk through the arts.
However, the Madrilean art patrimony is
not only composed by these three institutions,
but it also entails a large series of rich
and interesting museums.
Museo del Prado - Paseo del Prado
Originally a natural history museum,
the Museo del Prado became an art
gallery in 1819. Inside the more
than one hundred rooms of this neoclassical
palace are housed hundreds of authentic
masterpieces of European painting.
The largest collection of Spanish
paintings revolves around three
absolute masters: Goya, Velazquez,
and El Greco. Very well represented
are also the Italian and Flemish
masters, from which the rich collection
of Tiziano and Masterpieces of Rubens
It is very hard
to limit the visit to just a few rooms,
but if you have limited time we would
like to highlight the absolute must-sees
of the collection: The "Annunciazione"
by Beato Angelico, the "Ritratto
di Cardinale" by Raffaello, "Le
tre Grazie" by Rubens, "Las
Meninas" by Velazquez, and "Maya
desnuda" and "Maya vestida"
by Francisco Goya.
Behind the museum
lays the Cason del Buen Retiro that,
after it will be restructured, will
once again house some of the works
of art that are currently closed to
Museo Thyssen Bornemisza -
Paseo del Prado, 8
Inaugurated during the
nineties inside the walls of the neoclassic
Palacio de Villahermosa, the Museo Thyssen
Bornemisza offers to the public more than
800 works of art -paintings and sculptures-
that belong to the rich collection that
the magnate of the same name donated to
the city. Its rooms tell the story of western
art going from primitive Italian artists
through the German renaissance, the Russian
Impressionism and Constructivism all the
way to Abstractism and Pop Art.
"Centro de Arte Reina Sofia" -
Calle Santa Isabel
Another museum that recently
opened its doors (1992) is the Museo Nacional
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia . This 5 story
building, a former hospital converted into
a museum, dedicates two floors to a permanent
collection of contemporary Spanish art and
the other three to temporary exhibitions.
Needless to say, the museum's most prominent
masterpiece is the " Guernica " by Picasso,
but we would like to emphasize that the
genius of Malaga is not the only "master"
of Spanish art featured in the collection.
On the second and third floor there are
remarkable works of art by Savador Dali
and Joan Miró.
arqueologico nacional - calle serrano,
In the vicinity of
the Puerta de Alcalá, this
museum probably features the most
comprehensive archaeological exhibition
of the country. Divided into almost
40 rooms, the visitors engage on an
ideal trip to the discovery of the
civilizations that have populated
the Iberian Peninsula since its origins.
Museo Cerralbo - Calle Ventura
Divided into three
floors of the prestigious residence
of the Marques de Cerralbo, the museum
contains the rich collection donated
by this nobleman to the State. Of
interest: Porcelain and tapestry,
antique armoury and furniture, and
an interesting collection of Spanish
museo Real Academia de Bellas Artes
de San Fernando - Calle Alcalà 13
The patrimony of this expository
residence is constituted by the canvasses
of great Spanish painters of the fifteenth
and sixteenth hundreds such as Francisco
Goya. There are also works by Italian, Flemish,
and French painters. Inside the same building
of the Calle Alcalá there is the
Calcografia Nacional that houses thousands
of drawings and engravings.
America - Avenida Reyes Católicos
Mayan and Aztec manuscripts,
among others, can be found here in
an exhibition that entails collections
of ethnography and archaeology of
the Americas .
Ferrocarril - Paseo de las Delicias
The best way to discover
the history of the Spanish railways
is to visit this museum that houses
locomotives and carriages of various
de Ciencias Naturales
This 4000 m2 museum tells
the story of the Earth and mankind. With
a history that goes beyond two centuries,
this museum belongs to one of the oldest
in Europe in this category.