San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts
The Spanish master Goya is best represented, but so are many others, from Rubens to Picasso.
If you love Europe's old masters, you won't want to miss this collection.
Of Spain's eight royal academies, this is the oldest, founded in 1752 with the goal of promoting art and its preservation and study. Its main branch is located in a neoclassical-style downtown Madrid building at Calle Alcalá 13. The museum here boasts an important permanent collection spanning four centuries, concentrating on not just Spanish but also Italian and Flemish artists. Top billing goes to Francisco de Goya, with 13 paintings, but other major names include the likes of Zurbarán, Picasso, Rubens, and Bellini.
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