Prado Spanish Collection
Enjoy a unique cultural experience on this tour of Madrid’s Prado Museum. A perfect cultural experience for discovering Goya or Velazquez greatest works escorted by an art graduate guide…
- Experience CategoryMuseum & Arts
- Average Length2 hours
Spanish Paintings Collection
Visit the Prado Museum escorted by an art graduate guide
The magnificent Museo del Prado opened in 1819, and since then, it has always contained the world’s largest collection of Spanish artists. There has always been a clear intention of raising the international profile of Spanish Art and promote its values. Within this collection, the most substantial assembly may be found in artists dating from 12th to 19th centuries, with particular detail on works by two of the most celebrated Spanish masters, Goya and Velázquez. Although there is also small international section, the Spanish collection is vast, and you can find here remarkable and extensive groups of works by the most famous Spanish painter, including many popular active ones. Some of our favorite painters from the vast museum collection are painters active in Spain, including Juan de Flandes, Zurbarán, Juan de Juanes, Ribera, El Greco, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Alonso Cano, Pereda, and Murillo.
In almost every case, the Museum collection represents the most extensive assembly of each artist’s work in any world museum. Particularly significant is the representation of Velázquez, of whom the Museum possesses 48 pieces, representing almost 40% of his known output and furthermore including most of his masterpieces.
The whitewashed Neo-Classical main building was designed in 1785 by Juan de Villanueva under the order of Carlos III, and it opened officially as a museum in 1819. Rafael Moneo, considered by many as the Spanish Frank Gehry, was in charge of the adjacent building which seamlessly integrates with the old building.