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- The Prado MuseumSep 08, 2013
When the Prado was commissioned by King Carlos III in 1785, it was meant to be a natural science museum. The king wanted the museum, the adjoining botanical gardens, and the elegant Paseo del Prado to serve as a center of scientific enlightenment. By the time the building was completed in 1819, its purpose had changed to exhibiting the art gathered by Spanish royalty since the time of Fernando e Isabela.
The museum's long-awaited facelift was completed in 2007. It features a massive new wing together with a new building around the remains of the Cloister of the San Jerónimo el Real, designed by Rafael Moneo, that has resurrected long-hidden works by Zurbarán and Antonio de Pereda and more than double the number of paintings on display from the permanent collection.
The Prado's jewels are its works by the nation's three great masters: Goya, Velázquez, and El Greco. The museum also holds masterpieces by Flemish, Dutch, German, French, and Italian artists, collected when their lands were part of the Spanish Empire. The museum benefited greatly from the anticlerical laws of 1836, which forced monasteries, convents, and churches to forfeit many of their artworks for public display. (C) Fodors
Enter the Prado via the less-crowded southern Murillo door opposite the Jardín Botánico.
- The Prado MuseumMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesNightlife Lovers+ 1Sep 07, 2013
If you are an art lover than the Prado is a must on your trip to Madrid. Allow for several hours as it is a fascinating display of art from artist from around the world.
- The Prado MuseumMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Aug 30, 2013
You can't miss the Prado if you are in Madrid!
It has an amazing collection of works by El Greco, Dali, Goya and Rembrandt.
If you can only get to one museum in Madris this should be the one.
The museum also offers free admission everyday between 5-7 pm.
- The Prado MuseumMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Aug 15, 2013
The Museo del Prado is the Spanish national art museum and features one of the world's finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection. It is without question the best single collection of Spanish art. El Prado is considered to be one of the greatest museums of art. There are many works by Velázquez and Francisco de Goya and holds significant paintings by Titian, Rubens and Bosch.
- The Prado MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 20, 2013
The Prado is why I visited Madrid. I had to see the Goyas. Incredible to see "La Maja Desnuda" and "La Maja Vestida" in the same room. And that creepy painting "The Puppet" (El Pelele), "The Shootings of May 3rd," and finally to top of the visit, "Saturn Devouring His Son." OMG! I have no idea what else is in the Prado. Fabulous stuff I'm sure. If you are into Goya, read the amazing biography by Robert Hughes before you visit Madrid.
- The Prado MuseumNov 10, 2012
My favorite museum, here you will find famous paintings like the Meninas from Diego Velasquez, then there are paintings from El Greco and Goya. I was very impressed with this museum, more impressed than the Louvre, it is not as big, so it's easier to visit in a day.
- The Prado MuseumMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Nov 10, 2012
Fantastic museum. The long lines were part of the party - definitely go during the free hours as it seems to be popular with the locals as well and the wait seems almost festival like. Loved the beautiful old art, Goya and Velazquez were well loved masters and it showed and although I tend to prefer modern art, I really enjoyed the museum and would return weekly if I lived in Madrid. Lots to see and very beautifully presented.
- The Prado MuseumMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 2Oct 15, 2012
The building is unassuming, but holds some treasures. There are religious paintings at every turn, but there are also Roman sculptures of historic political figures, sensual Italian oil paintings, and framed idyllic scenes and characters out of mythology. There's also Goya's Black Paintings (and social sketches and royal comissioned pieces), the Rembrandts, and Velasquez' royal portraits. If you're doing a museum day, you can visit the Reina Sofia, Prado, and Thyssen in one shot as they're all neighbors (though that depends how long it takes you to stroll each museum). If you're still not tired, there's the Botanical Gardens nearby too, as well as the Parque del Buen Retiro.
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Aliases: Museo Nacional del Prado