The national Prado Museum is one of the biggest galleries in the world. It has the biggest collection of Spanish art, spanning from the 12th to the 19th centuries, with paintings by El Greco, Velásquez, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo and Goya. The Flemish School is also well represented, with paintings by Van Der Weyden hanging alongside works by Van Dyck and Bosch. Amongst the Italian masters are Titian, Tintoretto, Raphaël and Botticelli. Don't miss "The Triumph of Bacchus" in the Vélasquez collection. Amongst others, the Goya collection includes "La Maja vestida" and "La Maja desnuda". The Prado Museum occupies an 18th century building, designed by Juan de Villanueva.
Vélasquez is one of the main representatives of Spanish painting and considered to be one of the masters of universal painting. Manet was greatly inspired by him.© Museo Nacional del Prado
The Prado Museum is one of the most beautiful examples of Spanish Neo-Classical architecture.© Ekaterina Belova / 123RF
The columns and refined lines, which are both straight and symmetrical, perfectly sum up Juan de Villanueva's architectural style.© Papa Lima Whiskey 2
On weekends and during holidays, students access the museum via the Los Jerónimos door.© Museo Nacional del Prado
The Prado Museum has three entrances: the Vélasquez door, the Murillo door and the Goya Alta door. The Los Jerónimos door is reserved for groups.© Museo Nacional del Prado