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Museo del Prado, Madrid

The weather in Madrid was still cloudy upon arrival, so the plan was changed and the afternoon was temporarily adjusted to appreciate indoor paintings at the museum. Madrid has three important museums, all with many collections. The Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Queen Sofia Art Center. The Prado Museum is a world-class art gallery, with more than 7,000 paintings collected, currently exhibiting about 1,800, including many famous works, among which the works of the famous Spanish painter Goya are the most. The west wing of the museum was completed in 1785 and is a neoclassical palace known as the Villanueva Palace. During the Napoleonic occupation of Madrid, it became a military camp from 1808 to 1813. In 1814, King Fernando VII decided to turn the palace into a museum for the safekeeping and protection of hundreds of royal art collections. The museum was opened to the public in 1819, exhibiting 311 works by Spanish painters at the time. Over the centuries, with the increase in collections, the exhibition hall has been continuously renovated and expanded to become what we see today. From the collection of the Spanish royal family in the 16th-17th centuries to the current collection of works by painting masters from all over the world over the centuries. There are works by many masters such as Titian, Raphael, El Greco, Goya, etc., it can be said that it is a gathering of talents. A large number of works are religious stories, with Bible stories as the main theme, followed by royal portraits and records of historical events, and of course, landscape works. Tickets are required for the exhibition hall, 15 euros per person, with discounts for children, students, and the elderly. You can also buy tickets online, all with entry time slots. There are many spectators, especially in front of some famous paintings, there are always crowds. There is a free guide map in Chinese at the Information after entering. If you want to take a quick look at everything, it will probably take a day. The museum closes at 20:00 in the evening, and the time is not enough. The exquisite paintings make you slow down. Photography is not allowed in the museum, and a large number of staff are watching. There seems to be no restriction on sculptures, so I can't share paintings in the text. Bag storage and security checks are required for admission. I started to underestimate the museum a bit, thinking that I had plenty of time, and I looked at each painting carefully. Later, I found that there were about 120 exhibition halls, and there was not enough time. I looked for famous paintings according to the guide map, and finally did not finish the exhibition hall. In terms of its collection of paintings, I think it is no less than the British Museum and the Louvre. You must visit Madrid. The beautiful paintings will definitely make you linger.
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Posted: Mar 25, 2024
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