Museums Galore!!

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The inner courtyard of "Reina Sofia"
Today we decided to visit two of the most popular and major art museums in Madrid; "Museo Nacional Reina Sofia", and "Museo del Prado". We started off early with "Reina Sofia", since I was very interested in seeing the painting "Guernica", by Pablo Picasso. This museum has a vast collection of art, but specializes more in modern, or contemporary art. Many of Salvador Dali's paintings and Picasso's can be found here. On the outer facade, a classical style of architecture is used, but has two very modern elevators protruding from the side, completely differing from the main building. "Guernica" gave me an eerie, yet impacted feeling. The evident presence of pain and suffering from all the figures in the painting gives you a feeling of hopelessness.
"Puerta de Alcala"
After the museum, which was very interesting, we stopped for lunch at a local eatery on our way to get acquainted with the "Atocha" train station. This station is huge!! It's where all the major trains depart to various satellite towns and areas surrounding Madrid. In the afternoon we visited the "Prado", an art museum so reknown around the world it shares its popularity with other galleries like the "Louvre" and the "Guggenheim". It specializes more in Classical and Renaissance paintings. This museum has a collection of paintings by traditional Spanish painters, such as "Velazquez" and "Francisco Goya". Many masterpieces such as "Las Meninas", by "Velazquez", and "The Naked Maja", by "Goya", reside in this great gallery. Stopped by the closing of the museum, we ate at a nearby restaurant, and ventured on to our last stop, the "Puerta de Alcala". We took some photos of this great monument, and went back to the hotel.
Rigodon says:
Hi fran2011,
I have seen you did not visit the Thyssen-Bornemizsa museum. It is complementary to the Prado, because the Thyssen has impressionists and Early 20th century paintings.
About contemporary art, Reina Sofia has not so much, it is not the TATE Modern or the Pompidou, but you can have a general view of the spanish contemporary art.
If you love this kind of art, consider to visit Cuenca (World Heritage) 167km far from Madrid, Museo de Arte Abstracto de Cuenca. With international prizes it is a small and very complete museum.
Posted on: Jun 18, 2007
Chokk says:
When I was in Madris I visited Reina Sofia and it was a fantastic place - at the time they had a Täschen modern art collection special - it was the best I ever had seen.
Posted on: Jun 17, 2007
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The inner courtyard of Reina Sofi…
The inner courtyard of "Reina Sof…
Puerta de Alcala
"Puerta de Alcala"
Modern sculpture in the inner cour…
Modern sculpture in the inner cou…
Outside the Prado
Outside the "Prado"
Los Cibeles fountain, near the …
"Los Cibeles" fountain, near the …
Outside the Prado Museum.
Outside the "Prado" Museum.
Part of the view from our hotel ba…
Part of the view from our hotel b…
Another of the sculptures inside t…
Another of the sculptures inside …
Atocha train station
"Atocha" train station
The very distinct glass elevators.
The very distinct glass elevators.
Los Cibeles Fountain at dusk.
"Los Cibeles" Fountain at dusk.
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This is one of Madrid's most popular museums. It mainly concentrates on contemporary and modern art. It costs 6 euros for one adult ticket. I consider… read entire review
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