El Prado Museum

El Prado Museum

The Prado Museum in Madrid, is one of the largest, and most visited in the world. It has uniquely valuable paintings by the European masters from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, with a large presence of Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens and Bosch. We must also highlight other important artists like Murillo, Ribera, Zurbaran, Raphael, Veronese, Tintoretto, Van Dyck, to name only the most relevant.

The Third of May 1808 by Francisco Goya, showi...
The Third of May 1808 by Francisco Goya, showing Spanish resisters being executed by Napoleon’s troops. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Due to space limitations, the museum displays a selection of 900 works of the highest quality, which has been defined as “the highest concentration of masterpieces per square meter.”

The Three Graces, by Rubens (1636-1638).
The Three Graces, by Rubens (1636-1638). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the extension added by the architect Rafael Moneo, El Prado was projected to grow by 50%, with more than 450 works, out of a total inventory of more than 8,600 paintings.

Sir Endimion Porte y Anton Van Dyck, Museo del...

Sir Endimion Porte y Anton Van Dyck, Museo del Prado, Madrid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Besides these paintings, El Prado has about 950 sculptures, 6,400 drawings, 2,400 prints, 800 decorative art objects, 900 coins and 800 medals.

 

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