Museo del Prado
Madrids Museo del Prado is now considered to be home to one of the worlds most formidible collections of middle age art & sculpture in Europe. Certainly one not to miss during your visit to Madrid.
Housing the Spanish royal family´s extensive collection in a convenient downtown location there is no reason not to visit! Even more so considering that the doors of the Del Prado gallery are open to all free every Sunday!
One has to consider that the pieces in the Museo del Prado were originally aquired when Spain was at the height of its power and had many trading links to France and Italy as well as then being the governors of Holland and Belgium. The wealth of the Spanish empire at the time can be seen in the sheer variety of pieces that make up the gallery´s permanent collection.
Museo del Prado:
Spread over four floors the Museums permanent collections cover European art history between 1100 and 1800AD. Whilst over 50% of the pieces on display are from Spanish artists there are a considerable number of works from other prominent artists.
- Basement: Decorative arts incluing the "Grand Dauphin" and "pietre dure and cassoni" desks.
- Ground Floor: Paintings & Sculpture from 1100 to 1600 by artists incluiding:
- Van der Weyden
- First Floor: Paintings from 1550 to 1800 by great artists incluiding:
- El Greco
- Second Floor: Paintings from 1700 to 1850 by well known artists such as:
- Goya (Its an extensive collection!)
In addition to the above major works by Gentileschi, Brueghal and Van Dyck can be found intermixed on the main floor.
Museo Del Prado: Important info
2007 Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday and Public holidays 0900-2000
Closed Mondays, Good Friday, 1st May and 25th December.
Facilities: Cafeteria, Restaurant & Shop
- Adults 7€,
- Concessions 3.50€ (Students from outside the EU under 25, Youth card holders, EU citizens certified from large families)
- Free entry is availble for: all under 18´s, all EU citizens over 65, EU unemployed citizens, Members of APEME, ANABAD, AEM and ICOM, Teachers.
An alternative is to purchase the "Paseo de Arte" which for 14,40€ allows entereance to the Thyssen and Reina Sofia galleries in addition to the Museo del Prado.
Contact details and location
The Museo del Prado is a central
in its own right and sits aside the street "Paseo Del Prado" named after it and running between Atocha and Plaza de Cibeles.
Postal Address: Ruiz de Alarcon 23, 28014 Madrid
Telephone number: +34 91 330 28 00
Fax number: +34 91 330 28 56
Website: (Opens in new window)
Museo del Prado official website
Atocha, Plaza de Cibeles & Banco de Espana.
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