Many of the most famous paintings and artists in Spain (indeed, in Europe) live here - in fact, too many to view in one day.
Spain's most iconic art museum is a feast for culture vultures.
Spain's most famous art museum of all (and one of the greats of the world), the Prado is, of course, a must when visiting Madrid. And if you want to take in the entire collection, just one day will not suffice (come to think of it, neither will two, or even three). The museum helps you manage your visits more effectively by proposing three itineraries which allow you to take in the highlights of the one-time royal art collection depending on the time you have available. These highlights - many frankly just breathtaking - include Fra Angelico's Annunciation, Tintoretto's Christ Washing the Disciples' Feet, Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, Maids of Honour by Diego Velázquez (a statue of whom is right outside the building), and several masterpieces by Goya including The Nude Maja (the clothed version, too!) and The Second of May 1808. All the works are housed in an impressive building designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. Despite its huge size, it was given an underground extension designed by Priztker Prize-winning Spanish architect Rafael Moneo in 2007.
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