It Took Me about 3.5 Hours

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Zhebiton on July 19, 2010

In the center of the boulevard is famous Prado Museum with the richest art collections. The richest museum in the world collection of paintings 16 17vv. Rafael, El Bosco, Patinir, Durero, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Velazquez; Greco, Poussin, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Rubens, Ribera, Murillo, Goya.

I am personally impressed Patinir, particularly his painting, which crosses the river Styx Sharon, following the death of the soul towards the shore of Hell away from the heavenly shore. Fascinating painting by Brueghel "Triumph of Death", an abundance of skeleton and how to kill people (in the guide I read that the picture reflects the punitive actions against the Spanish rebels Netherlands provinces). Despite their obesity, good and vividly presented "Three Graces by Rubens. Worth a look at the original paintings of Goya "Nude maha" Velazquez "Las Meninas", etc.

By the way, works by Francisco Goya is well represented in the Prado: from innocent youth still lifes, portraits of famous members of the royal family and to the "black art", the heroes of which are monsters, witches period of his insanity by reason of illness of unknown origin that led to hearing loss and persistent pessimism. Sensational picture of Bosch, which attracts a lot of people "Garden of delights" with lots of mini-scenes requires closer vglyadyvaniya and time, but I decide not to stay for a long time to decipher the author's idea, preferring a more clear and nice looking masterpieces such as: Veronese's Venus and Adonis, Durer, Adam. Eve, "Velasquez" Venus with a mirror "and" spinner ", Pussin" Apollo and the Muses on Mount Parnassus, etc.

The museum has three entrances, and the building of the museum comprises two buildings: the old-16-17 cc., The new-19b. (At 19th century. A mini-guide, including English, describing pictures). Be sure to take a free plan, scheme, to navigate in the old building.

The museum is open every day from 9 to 20h., Free entrance to the last 2 hours: weekdays from 18 to 20h. At the entrance you can take clothes and always drinks, food.
I was lucky on Saturday morning there were no queues, and on Sunday a very long queue (somewhere hour standby).
My advice: the most successful watches for a visit - this is the opening of the museum, afternoon run over other tourists and experience examination halls Prado is somewhat different.
At the entrance runs the shop where you can purchase your favorite masterpieces in the form of magnets, postcards, bookmarks, etc.
Prado Museum/Museo del Prado
Calle Ruiz De Alarcón 23
Madrid, Spain, 28014
+34 91 3302800

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