15 jun. 2013

Madrid: Spain capital of Art - Part 1

Goya's El 3 de mayo de 1808

Just like Aladdin’s cave, Madrid has a 1000 marvels to offer. In previous articles we have already talked about its gastronomyparks, unique lifestyle and local festivities but this time we would like to focus on art and Madrid's museums. 
The Spanish capital boasts three of the most internationally reclaimed and visited museums in the world with 6 million visitors enjoying their treasurers in 2012 alone. 
Whether you are an inquisitive novice or an experienced art fanatic, there are masterpieces to whet the appetites for all tastes and ages. If you are adore Spain's Golden Age (Siglo de Oro), then El tres de mayo de 1808 by Goya or Velázquez’s Las Meninas will be must sees. But if you prefer expressionism and contemporary art then the Guernica or El hombre invisible by Dalí will leave with your jaw wide open.    

In part 1 of this two part series, we will start our journey by discovering what is referred to as Madrid's arts triangle, a pure concentrate of beauty!

The Art Triangle - must see museums in Madrid

For art lovers, a trip to each of Madrid's three international renowned gems is an absolute must. All are located within a stone's throw of each other on both sides of the Paseo del Prado and due to their proximity, are considered collectively as Madrid 's Art Triangle.

  The Prado Museum: the temple of masterpieces

Prado's Museum in Madrid
Opened in 1819, the Prado Museum is one of the most important art museums in the world and boasts 8,000 paintings. As well as housing the most complete collection of paintings from the Spanish Golden Age including Velázquez’s Las Meninas  and El tres de mayo de 1808 by Goya, the Prado plays host to an excellent representation of Italian and Flemish art. It also offering you a wide flashback of the European painting history from the Middle Age up to the 19th century.

And now the good news - you can go for free every Sunday and during the week from 6pm to 8pm so don't miss out! Visit Prado Museum for free!

The Reina Sofia: a modern look at art

Guernica by Picasso
Inaugurated in 1992 in an old hospital building, the Reina Sofía Museum  houses an extensive collection of contemporary Spanish art, including Pablo Picasso's controversial Guernica, and modern masterpieces from Joan Miró including works as Caracol, Mujer, Flor, EstrellaIn addition, to its paintings the Reina Sofia organizes conferences, performances, projections and concerts and that involves all the artistic disciplines. 

The Summer 2013 temporary exhibition is dedicated to Salvador Dalí featuring 200 of his best known works of art. Check out Reina Sofía’s timetable!

 The Thyssen Bornemisza museum: an explosive cocktail of art!

The final and by no means least impressive stop on the Art Traingle is the Thyssen Bornemisza, which shows off a collection of over 800 painting from the 17th to the 20th century. Explore and contrast the styles from Italian Primitivism, German Renaissance, American 19th Century Art, and Impressionism to German Expressionism and Russian Constructivism - all these under one roof! Plan your visit to the Thyssen!

In part two of our articles on Madrid's museums, we will focus on the less well know art treasures.

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