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Birchircara, Malta Majjistral, Malta
January 14, 2013
From journal The heart of Spain throbs with song and dance
September 27, 2012
From journal Easter in Madrid
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
October 15, 2011
From journal Madrid my 2nd favorite city in Europe (after London)
Moscow, Moskva, Russia
July 19, 2010
From journal Madrid and Its Surroundings
Los Angeles, California
January 10, 2007
From journal Madrid Mayhem and Museums
by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
July 22, 2006
From journal Madrid!
Santa Ynez, California
April 17, 2006
From journal Spring Break in Madrid
February 5, 2006
From journal Holiday in Madrid
by Owen Lipsett
New York, New York
September 30, 2005
Simultaneously grandiose and austere, the Prado’s interior remains just as impressive as it must have been when it opened – and consequently you should set aside a full day for even the most cursory examination of the collection as a whole. Whether you have this amount of time or only a few hours, it’s wise to pick up a free map upon entering. Regardless of your particular interest, you shouldn’t miss Diego Velázquez’ "Las Meniñas" (Room 12) and Francisco de Goya’s "Disasters of War" (Room 39), the highlights of unrivalled collections of these two competitors for the title of Spain’s greatest painter.
The other greats of Spain’s rich pre-modern artistic history are amply represented as well, with entire galleries dominated by the works of El Greco (60A-62A), Zurbarán (17A-18A), Murillo, and Ribera, the latter two sharing Rooms 25-29. The eschatological paintings of the Hieronymous Bosch (a native of Spanish-ruled Flanders) are concentrated in Room 58 and sharply contrast with the Prado’s Spanish and Italian works, although his eccentric masterpiece "The Garden of Earthly Delights" (Room 58) would stand out anywhere! The Prado boasts several paintings by Raphael and the great Venetian triumvirate of Veronese, Titian, and Tintoretto but the greatest Italian work in the collection is Caravaggio’s "David Defeating Goliath" (Room 65).
I’ve provided these room numbers as the free map is rather basic and nearly all the labeling inside the galleries is in Spanish. I suspect these to be part of a concerted plan to convince foreign visitors to purchase painter-specific gallery guides from machines strategic placed in the Prado’s most visited galleries for €1 each. A rather more shameless fundraising ploy is the overpriced fare in the Prado’s mediocre cafeteria - El Botánico around the corner from the Murillo entrance at Calle Ruíz Alarcón 27 offers much tastier options!
Visiting the Prado requires some planning; it’s open 9am to 7pm Tuesday to Saturday, and 9 am to 2 pm on Sunday, but admission is free only on Sundays and after 2:30pm on Saturday, with the result that the museum tends to be most busy at these times. In addition, if you’d like to see the typically excellent temporary exhibitions (for which there is invariably a line) you have to enter by the northern Puerta de Goya, otherwise it’s better to use the far less busy southern Puerta de Murillo.
From journal Madrid: Spain's True Heart
London, United Kingdom
September 22, 2005
It has floors and floors of paintings nearly all depicting something about the Catholic religion. There are lots of portraits of cardinals and men with pointy beards. There are some works by some of the greats here, Goya and his mates, but they aren't really my thing, so I found it rather tedious, and so did the rest of my group, except one. It was a case of us wandering round, all wondering how soon we could leave without looking uncultured. It was a relief when someone piped up and said that they weren't enjoying it, so we left.
We went to sit on the grassy banks opposite and ate ice cream while waiting for our one friend who loves religious paintings, which was much more enjoyable.
From journal Hen Weekend in Madrid