Located in Central Madrid, the Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum. It houses the best of the European art collections from the 12th century to the early 19th century. It is one of the finest single Spanish art collections and is based on the former Spanish Royal Collection. The history and arts of a place have a huge effect on my intellectual side so deciding to visit this museum came as no surprise.
Works of El Greco, Titian, Diego Velázquez, Peter Paul Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch including Francisco de Goya who is the single most represented artist is exclusively found in this museum. It is considered one of the important museums in the world. It is visited by people all through the year to satisfy their cultural appetite.
The collection inside the museum is huge and of a great importance. It has nearly 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, 1,000 sculptures, and 8,200 drawings. I was awestruck while viewing such an extensive collection. It also has a number of other art works and documents of historical importance. The most cherished work of art I found was the Las Meninasby Velázquez. He was also responsible for the presence and display of works of many Italian artists in this Spain museum that is now the largest outside Italy.
It was built in 1819, and the current director of Museo del Prado is Miguel Zugaza. Upon enquiring more about the museum from the guides and staff inside, I came to know that a group of 179 art works were brought to the Museum from St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum between November 2011 and March 2012.
Some of the beautiful and notable works I found appealing were A Scholar by Rembrandt, Moonrise, Two Men on the Shore by Caspar David Friedrich, Composition VI by Wassily Kandinsky, and Metaphysical Still life by Giorgio Morandi. Other famous works present at the museum are Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Bernini and Pond at Montgeron by Claude Monet.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and brought home a lot of interesting facts about the history of Spain and Europe.