The masterpieces of Goya, Velazquez, El Greco dating from the 12th to 19th century are available for display in this museum.
Congress office.... on our way to museum Prado
The pockets of your jacket are bulging with tissues – you can no longer make out the difference between what’s used and what’s not. Your watery eyes have passersby wondering if you are being subjected to some form of tourist torture. Or in my case, I probably looked overly moved by the multitude of paintings of Jesus being crucified at the Museo del Prado.But this is just day one, I thought. Tonight, I will take two Panadols and tuck in early. Tomorrow, this flu will belong in a museum of tourists who survived. I am in Madrid and I only have two days to spend here. A silly, runny nose is not going to ruin my "vacay".Did you know optimism is all talk and no walk?By the next morning, tiny people with large drums had decided to take refuge in my head. Today is a good day to learn the drums, they said. And so began my most painful day in the capital city of Spain.
First, the most recognized art museum in Madrid is Museo Nacional del Prado. In comparison in size to the Lourve Museum in Paris, the Prado contains a massive collection: 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. It’s one of the best collections of European art. Pieces date from the 12th to early 19th century, a number made by artists who were assigned to create works specifically for the Spanish royal crown. It can feel a bit daunting to try get through a lot of the Prado in one visit. I got there on a Monday afternoon, still recovering a bit from my early-morning flight, and, due to my jet lag, I decided to stick to about two floors. Or perhaps focus on a certain artist or join in a tour. Francisco de Goya has a high representation, as well as Diego Velázquez, Titian, and El Greco, among others. Italian, Flemish, Dutch, German and French masterpieces are also well featured. If all else fails, one painting I recommend seeing is Velázquez’s Las Meninas.