The Prado Museum (Museo Nacional del Prado) is the main Spanish art museum, located in downtown Madrid. It features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture in 1819, it also contains important collections of other types of works. The Prado is one of the most visited sites in the world, and is considered one the greatest museums of art in the world. The numerous works by Francisco de Goya, the single most extensively represented artist, as well as by Diego Velázquez, El Greco, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch are some of the highlights of the collection.
The collection currently comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of other works of art and historic documents.
Address: Museo Nacional del Prado, Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid, Spain – Map
Hotel: Westin Palace
Metro: Atocha or Banco de España
Hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 am to 8 pm. Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm. Closed January 1st. May 1st & December 25th.
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