Madrid has prestigious museums worldwide, whose visit is a must if culture and art catches your eye, or if instead you come to visit and you want to know the legacy of great painters and artists of all times . Welcome to the Art Walk, will you come with us?
The Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the National Museum Center of Art Reina Sofía, are three of the most important museums in the world that are located to each other a few meters, in the Madrilenian Paseo del Prado, forming a triangle magic called 'Art Walk'. These galleries, which develop activities for all kinds of public, also have an important focus activity for children and families.
The Prado Museum, currently world leader, was an idea of Carlos III, but it was not until the time of Fernando VII in 1819, when he saw the light exposing a variety of works by major artists of the time. It has more than 8,000 paintings, 5,000 drawings, 2,000 prints, 700 sculptures and many more objects of great value. Stand out a large exhibition of Hispanic artists such as Ribera, Zurbarán, Velázquez and Goya among others and collections of European artists such as El Greco, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch. There are 15 art pieces that you should see in your tour: "The Cricifixion" of Juan de Flandes, "Gentleman with his Hand on his Breast " of El Greco, "Las Meninas" of Velázquez, "El Sueño de Jacob" of Ribera, "Los fusilamientos del 3 de Mayo" of Goya, "La Anunciación" of Fra. Angelico, "El Cardenal" de Rafael, "Carlos V en la Batalla de Mühlberg" of Tiziano, "La Inmaculada Concepción" of Tiépolo, "El Descendimiento" of Weyden, "Judit en el Banquete de Holofernes" of Rembrandt, "Autorretrato" of Durero, "The three Graces" of Rubens, "The Garden of Earthy Delights" of Hieronymus Bosch and the sculpture of "Orestes y Pílades" from 10 b.C. The gallery offers to its visitors the possibility of touring along with family, a treasure hunt with clues, these visits are recommended from 8 years, but can also do your own thing, thanks to the Children Audio guides in which they explain to the most small, the museum's contents in an entertaining and fun way.
Learn more: www.museodelprado.es
The Thyssen Bornemisza Museum located in the Palace of the Duke of Villahermosa, was opened in 1992 and provides a superb setting for the collections of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza. Make a journey through the history of art from the thirteenth to the twentieth century, from the Gothic style of Jan van Eyck to the pop art of Roy Liechtenstein. Within the most outstanding artworks you will find "Mujer en el baño" of Roy Liechtenstein, "Sueño causado por el Vuelo de una Abeja alrededor de una Granada un Segundo antes del Despertar" of Salvador Dalí, "Bailarina Basculando" of Edgar Degas, "Retrato de Giovanna Tornabuoni" of Domenico Guirlandaio, "La Anunciación" of El Greco, "Les Vessenots en Auvers" of Vincent Van Gogh, "La Casa Gris" of Marc Chagall, "Joven Caballero en un Paisaje" of Vittore Carpaccio, "Retrato de una Dama" of Hans Baldung Grien, "El Puente de Chairing Cross" of Claude Monet, "Habitación de Hotel" of Edward Hopper and "El Sueño" of Franz Marc. Educathyssen offers workshops for children between 3 and 12 years, that will bring the little ones to the art world.
Learn more: www.museothyssen.org
In the southern tip of the 'Triangle of Art' is the National Museum Center of Art Reina Sofía. It's an iconic art gallery located in the San Carlos Old Hospital in the vicinity of the Atocha Station. It contains one of the best Spanish Contemporaneous Art collections, with a style similar to Pompidou or the Tate Gallery. The permanent collection revolves around "El Guernica" of Pablo Picasso, completed with more art pieces of the own Picasso, Spanish artists of great interest as Miro, Oteiza, Julio Gonzalez o Tapies, and international artists as Barnet Newman or Soto. The museum is organized by pictorial collections, finding spaces dedicated to Representations/Figurations, Cubism, First frontier: 'Picasso. The context of Guernica and Surrealism'. The National Museum Center of Art Reina Sofía periodically organizes workshops for children and discussion groups for teens to help them develop a passion for modern art from an early age.
Learn more: www.museoreinasofia.es/en
In this very artistic area, thanks to these three museums is practically possible to cover the evolution of painting from the Middle Ages to the present, but if you want more, very close to this area you will find other interesting as are the cultural center CaixaForum, the National Museum of Decorative Arts, the Naval Museum and the research center Royal Botanical Gardens of Madrid.
CaixaForum: Housed in a modern building designed by Swiss architects Herzog and De Meuron, rehabilitating the former Mediodia electric power station, one of the few modernist industrial buildings remaining in Madrid. Outside, the vertical garden on the side of the main entrance stands. Since 2008 is dedicated to perform exhibitions, workshops, lectures, courses and concerts. Learn more: obrasocial.lacaixa.es
National Decorative Art Museum: Very close to the Prado Museum is located the museum that houses in its 60 rooms almost 65.000 pieces of different periods and styles. You will be able to find ceramic and porcelain "fondos", wall hangings, carpets, furniture, jewelry, etc, with pieces inclusive from the fourth century. Learn more: mnartesdecorativas.mcu.es
Navy Museum: Here is located a collection of maritime ítems, tools, maps, models and documents with a great historical value of the Spanish Marine since the fifteenth century until nowadays. The museum has archive and library and performs various activities throughout the year such as guided tours which includes the fabulous staircase of the Army Headquartes, one of the most beautiful in Spain. www.armada.mde.es
Royal Botanical Gardens of Madrid: Founded in 1755 by order of Fernando VI, was moved to its current location in 1781. Inside you will find three staggered terraces, sorted by Linnaeus method in which you will find species obtained in expeditions to America and the Pacific. Today, the garden is a research center of the 'Spanish public Council for Scientific Research', and have been included European species. www.rjb.csic.es