Prado Museum | Madrid, Spain

The Prado Museum is one of the major attractions of Madrid and annually attracts about 2.7 million visitors involving young couples, teenagers and families. Considered one of the most important art museums in the world and has one of the largest collection of paintings from the 14th to the early 19th century. Housed in an impressive building, built by Charles III, in order to highlight the city of Madrid. The word prado means meadow in Spanish and refers to the entire area of the museum, which is overgrown.

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Previously the building was used by Napoleon for the needs of the cavalry and artillery. In 1818 it was converted into a museum of paintings and sculptures, while after the enthronement of Isabella II in 1868, it was nationalized and acquired its present name. Indeed, ten years after its foundation, it was expanded due to the large collection.

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Although it was founded as a museum of paintings and sculptures, the Prado, now includes more than 5,000 drawings, 1,000 coins and medals and almost 2,000 decorative objects. His sculptures are calculated around 700 paintings and to which it owes its international glamor, around 8,600. It works by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Rembrandt and Karavazio. The museum exhibits about 1/3 of the paintings held, so therefore exhibits alternate.

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

The most famous work is exhibited in the museum Las Meninas of Velasquez. Velasquez not only gave the Museum the amazing works, but actively engaged in the museum to collect works of Italian artists. A significant portion of the paintings in the museum belong to the period from 15 to 17th century AD, a period called the golden period of Spain.

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain

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By Nicole P.

Prado Museum photos: Bencito the Traveller, hk_traveller, Alice Kedem, Barbara Griffin Robins.

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