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Spanish Art and Culture Unveiled: Madrid's Museo del Prado

Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid serves a generous dose of Spanish heritage in a place that will take your breath away. Opened to the public in November 1819, what used to be a royal museum is still as grand, but not as exclusive.

The main attraction is the 15 Masterpieces, which includes Giambattista Tiepolo’s The Immaculate Conception, with its ethereal depiction of the Virgin Mary; The Family of Felipe IV or Las Meninas by Diego Rodríguez de Silva Velázquez, with its skillful rendering of perspective; and El Greco’s The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest, which is a magnum opus from the Spanish Renaissance.

Works of art from Museo de Arte Moderno and Museo de la Trinidad, as well as donations and purchases from private collections, have enriched the trove of objets d’art of Museo del Prado. On the other hand, some of the displays are on temporary loan from other museums.

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Featured until July 2008 is the collection “Goya in Times of War,” commemorating the Spanish War of Independence with the restoration of his 2 paintings, The 2nd of May 1808 in Madrid and The 3rd of May 1808 in Madrid.

Visit during Cinema Season and peek into the lives of Spanish artists; you can watch a concert as well. Museo del Prado is also starting a lecture programme in November, which can accommodate 440 students. A drawing workshop for children is also available.

Can’t get enough of the museum on your Madrid holiday? Through its online gallery, you can return to Museo del Prado for free.

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