Must-see art masterpieces in Madrid
If you’re an art enthusiast, we would like to extend you an invitation to visit the capital city of Spain to enjoy its wonderful offer in cultural tourism. Madrid has a great number of museums, filled with a variety of incredible exhibitions and sculptures; as well as an architecture worth getting familiar with. Immerse yourself into the outlines, symbolism, and beauty surrounding each of the art works. Make the most of this perfect excuse to tour must-see masterpieces this majestic city has to offer. Find a hotel in the centre of Madrid and forget about your car or driving: sit down in front of your favourite paintings and feed your soul.
The Prado Museum: take a look at the programme and enjoy a free entry
The Prado Museum is one of the primary points of reference in Spain when it comes to art. It’s the perfect place for you to get lost for hours and hours completely immersed in the most representative works of art encompassing centuries of history. Connoisseurs of this field know that no visitor wants to miss out on the highly distinguished masterpieces inhabiting its rooms, and thus they have created a special tour of fifteen art works everyone should take a good look at, at least once in their lives. Some of them are: The Crucifixion, by Juan de Flandes; Las Meninas, by Velázquez; The Gentleman with his Hand on his Chest, by El Greco; Equestrian Portrait of Charles V, by Tiziano; The Garden of Earthly Delights, by El Bosco; The Three Graces, by Rubens; The Third of May 1808 by Goya; Artemisia by Rembrandt. And if you’re a lover of religious art, you will be able to see Annunciation, by Fra Angelico; Portrait of a Cardinal by Raphael; The Descent from the Cross by Weyden. In the sculpture department you will see The Castor and Pollux group, also known as The San Ildefonso group.
If you decide to visit this museum, you may find it advantageous to take a peak at its programme, where you will find out all about temporary exhibitions, activities for families and much more. Another incentive to visit The Prado Museum is that the entry is always free for the unemployed, students between 18 and 25, as well as people under 18. General access is always free from Monday to Saturday between 6-8 pm, as well as on Sundays and on holidays between 5-7 pm.
Reina Sofía Museum: the indispensable Guernica
The horrifying bombings of this Vasque town during the Spanish Civil War inspired Pablo Picasso to paint his highly acclaimed Guernica. You can see this masterpiece if you stay in a hotel in the centre of Madrid and spend a few days in the city to pay a visit to this museum. Nevetheless, the Reina Sofía Museum has a lot more to offer, its facilities holding over 20,000 works by other renowned artists. Such a colossal collection is not limited to its rooms, but also conquers the museum’s public spaces: its halls, terraces and squares. Here you will be able to see Spanish and international art. From the historic avant-garde pieces by Joan Miró and Alexander Calder, to contemporary representations by Thomas Schütte and Rogelio López Cuenca, amongst others.
Masterpieces in the Thyssen Museum
Another interesting option if you’re staying for a few days in a hotel in the centre of Madrid is to get a close look at what the Thyssen Museum has to offer. Here you will find a great number of illustrious works, like Venus and Cupid, by Rubens; Annunciation, by El Greco; Harlequin with a Mirror, by Picasso; Portrait of George Dyer in a Mirror, by Francis Bacon; or Fränzi in front of a Carved Chair, by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. The Thyssen Museum also has other interesting collections and temporary exhibitions to delight your senses.
So, if you are really passionate about art, or you would like to know more about it, we can’t think of a better plan for you: book your stay at a hotel in the centre of Madrid and spend a weekend revelling in culture and seeing the most incredible artists of all time.