Choose first and then calmly visit the rooms that most interest you. This way you'll really enjoy one of the world's most important art galleries.
For art aficionados
One of the world's most important art galleries, the epicentre of the Art Triangle which also includes the Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofía museums. You will feel a little like a pilgrim as people come to El Prado from all corners of the globe, with an almost religious fervour. Their objective is simply to admire the fantastic collection of paintings, many of which are European, from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. If your passion is art, you're guaranteed to love it. Thanks should be given for the efforts of the Spanish monarchs who accumulated most of these works over the centuries. The schools in Spain, Flanders and Venice are those which most supply the institution, located in a building which Carlos III opened as a Natural Sciences Cabinet. The museum moved to its current site in 1819 and ever since it has not stopped collecting pieces; now you can see over than 1300 between the historic building and the Rafael Moneo (not to mention those that are in other institutions or in the warehouses). El Greco, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Tiziano, Durero, Goya, Van Dick, Zurbarán, Murillo, El Bosco, Sorolla… The quality of the artists and the works is so high that entering El Prado is like opening an encyclopaedia. The website www.museodelprado.es includes recommendations for you to maximise your tour.
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