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Magnificent Museum Madrid

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An October 2003 trip to Madrid by travelprone

The Durer that greeted us in the apartment - Photo, Madrid, Spain More Photos
Quote: We would definitely return to this city, which is so visitor friendly, with splendid art museums and efficient, cheap transport. This sophisticated senora is indeed the hub of Spain, displaying glorious riches from the past and a "never sleepy" present on the move, improving its tourist appeal.

Magnificent Museum Madrid

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Overview

The Durer that greeted us in the apartment - Photo, Madrid, Spain
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The Prado, one of the world’s greatest museums, was an exploration emphasizing Velasquez, whose influence on the French painter Manet was the focus of a special exhibition when we visited it in October 2003. But we also managed to see the Bosch, Titian, Goya, and El Greco masterpieces this treasure house features. So ornately immense, the Palacio Real is actually a museum of the Spanish Bourbon dynasty displayed in all its regal splendor; Juan Carlos I and his family wisely decided not to live in this all-too-monumental mass of granite that nowadays is the site of official functions as well as tourist trampling. The museum with the tongue-twister name Thyssen-Bornemisza is a splend...Read More

Conde del Duque apartment

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Conde del Duque apartment Photo, Madrid, Spain
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As the owner beckoned us into the apartment, I saw directly on the wall ahead of me a framed reproduction of one of the Prado’s treasures, Albrecht Durer’s self-portrait as a young man, a dandy with ringlets and modish Renaissance garb. This first view set the tone for us in Madrid: serene and surrounded by framed art and tasteful, colorful furnishings, this was an apartment HOME, filled with family photos of the owners’ three lovely daughters in various stages of growth. Each day, we gazed at reproductions of famed paintings from the three major art museums we were to visit, all skillfully coordinated in color (Ghirlandaio’s "Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni," a Thyssen treasure, presided over the ...Read More

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Conde del Duque apartment

Madrid, Spain

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado

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Attraction | "Museo El Prado"

Prado Museum/Museo del Prado Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Especially useful for us as we began our tour of the Prado was the three-page description with five color illustrations of Hiernomymus Bosch’s "The Garden of Delights" that I’d read in the profusely illustrated art book I’ve mentioned in the Overview. This extraordinary Bosch painting was a hot spot, around which a crowd was gathered at all times during our 3-hour visit. This startling work is full of medieval symbolism, some of it contrary to contemporary symbolism. For example, the owl, to us a creature of wisdom, as it was to the classical Greeks and Romans, represented evil to medieval minds. My husband was taken by this extraordinary work, and I was able to explain to him what some of the ima...Read More

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

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía

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Attraction | "Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia"

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Photo, Madrid, Spain
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We found our visit to the Reina Sofia delightful. Since our visit, the French architect Jean Nouvel has created a new building to house special exhibitions, a larger bookshop, and a restaurant, as well as an interior plaza. If you visit this June, you can see a Juan Gris retrospective. This promises to be an exciting display of his paintings, drawings, and sculpture, of which the museum has a strong collection. One of the foremost Cubists, Gris captured the spirit of his times with striking clarity. Noteworthy Gris canvasses include "Violin and Guitar," "Retrato de Josette," "Still Life in Front of the Cupboard," "Guitar at the Sea," and "The Singer," representative works progressing from 1913 to 1...Read More

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Santa Isabel 52
Madrid, Spain 28012
+34 (91) 7741000

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

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Attraction

Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Available in English was an excellent brochure that detailed plans for all four floors of the Thyssen-B. No scarcity of assets seemed to prevail at this museum, which was undergoing extensive expansion and remodeling when we visited it. The first and second floors were those that drew visitor’s attention, as the first basement contained the café and restaurant, and the ground floor on which we entered had the most recent art, which was of less interest to us than the Impressionist and Expressionist art on the first floor. Some of my favorites at the Thyssen are as follows: Monet’s "The Thaw at Vetheuil" (a glorious blue-white winter scene); Degas’ "At the Milliner’s" (I like practically ev...Read More

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

Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real)

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Attraction | "Palacio Real"

Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real) Photo, Madrid, Spain
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Impressive, stately a Bourbon dream come true, the Palacio Real replaced a Hapsburg palace that was destroyed in a Christmas Eve fire. Philip V, grandson of Louis XIV, spent his childhood at Versailles, and visions of that edifice surely must have danced in his head as his architects began to plan this reward for his prevailing as heir to the extinct Spanish Hapsburg line in the War of Spanish Succession. After 26 years, this mass of granite and limestone was ready for Charles III to move into, and much of its lavish baroque interior reflects the era of this exceptionally competent king so popular that he was dubbed "mayor of Madrid." On a hill overlooking where the gradually diminishing Rio Manzanar...Read More

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Royal Palace of Madrid (Palacio Real)
Calle Bailén, 6
Madrid, Spain 28013
+34 91 5475350