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Travels to Spain - Madrid

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An April 2003 trip to Madrid by roza4

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Quote: When in Madrid, you have to see Museo del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofia for a full immersion into Spanish art.

Travels to Spain - Madrid

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When in Madrid, enjoy everything the city has to offer. Visit Museo del Prado and Reina Sofia on Sunday and you will enjoy it even more since the admission is free on Sundays. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza always has an admission charge but is an absolute must if you came to Madrid for culture. Also don't forget Museo de Bellas Artes, various puertas, and Piazza de Espana with the monument to Cervantes, as well as Templo de Debod. Quick Tips: Before you go, get the brochures that Spanish tourist bureau sends. They are very helpful with the information on hotels in various cities, since they list more hotels than you can find on the web. To get the brochures, go to their website ...Read More

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado

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Attraction | "Museo del Prado - Part I"

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado Photo, Madrid, Spain
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In the Museo del Prado, there is currently (through May 18, 2003) on display, there is an exhibit "Vermeer and the Dutch Interior" in rooms 16B, 19, 20, 21, 22 (See Part III). The best time to visit Prado is Sunday because admission is free, but this means that you will have to wait in line to get in. If you want to see the Vermeer exhibit (which I encourage you to see), there is a separate line, so if you are planning on seeing both, get in the line to see Vermeer and you will get two separate tickets. The entrance to the museum is through the Goya entrance located on the planta baja (lower floor) on the corner of Paseo del Prado and Plaza d...Read More

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Prado Museum/Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz De Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 3302800

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado

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Attraction | "Museo del Prado - Part II"

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado Photo, Madrid, Spain
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(Continued from Part I) But even more amazing are the rooms with paintings by Cranach, Durer (his "Adam and Eve" that you can compare to Cranach’s and then to the works of Renaissance masters), and I was especially and thoroughly amazed by the paintings of Bosch that are so rare in other museums’ collections. Hieronymus Van Aeken Bosch (1450-1516) (also called El Bosco in Spanish) was one of Felipe II’s favorite painters and his painting "The Garden of Early Delights" (1516) is probably the most interesting work you will find in the whole Prado museum. Why is that? It’s not only because of its subject –- the depiction of paradise and hell and everything in between, but mostly because of the ma...Read More

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Prado Museum/Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz De Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 3302800

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado

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Attraction | "Museo del Prado - Part III"

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Continued from Part II The added bonus this time was the exhibit "Vermeer and the Dutch interior," which covers works of Vermeer, Borch, Dou, de Hooch, Maes, Metsu and Steen during the period of 1650-1675. Vermeer is probably the most famous of this group of painters, which is typically skipped by the visitors to most museums, but this particular exhibit has been put together with paintings from all over the world: New York, Washington D.C., Vienna, Amsterdam, Dresden, Paris, St Peterburg (Russia) and many other places -- Spain doesn’t own any of Vermeer’s paintings. The main subjects in all of the paintings are mainly women in their regular life –- sewing, dressing, writing, drawing, playing mu...Read More

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Prado Museum/Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz De Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain 28014
+34 91 3302800

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

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Attraction | "Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - Part I"

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Currently on display (through May 25, 2003) is a temporary exhibit "Musical Analogies: Kandinsky and his contemporaries" in the basement, which shows works of Kandinsky, Kupka, Klee, Delaunay, von Jawlensky to name just a few, and the exhibit shows that music was the model of the abstract art development and influence of various methods in musical composition on the rhythm and color of their works. Prices: Permanent collection 4.80€–adults, 3€–students Combined ticket for the permanent collection and temporary exhibit 6.60€–adult, 3.60€–student If you are staying in Madrid just for a day, you have to visit Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. It is located across the street from Mus...Read More

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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Paseo Del Prado, 8
Madrid, Spain
+1 34 91 3690151

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Attraction | "Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza - Part II"

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Continued from Part I Also on the 1st floor there are several rooms of paintings from French school of the 17th century and British paintings from 18-19th centuries -- the most notable works are by Reynolds, Gainesborough, Fragonard, Watteau. More of 19th century is represented by Sargeant, Whistler, Delacroix, Goya, Corot, Constable, and Courbet. There is also a very impressive collection of impressionists and post-impressionists: Manet, Pissarro, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Degas ("Swaying Dancer" is probably the envy of any museum), Toulouse-Lautrec, Gaughin, Bonnard, Van Gogh, and Cezanne are all next door to the expressionism/avant-garde of Kandinsky, von Jawlensky, Goncharova, Larionov, Delauna...Read More

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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Paseo Del Prado, 8
Madrid, Spain
+1 34 91 3690151