Besides the Spaniards, the Prado Museum in Madrid houses an impressive number of famous artists, one of whom is Hieronymus Bosch.
King Philip II acquired an impressive collection of Bosch’s works, the paintings of which are probably the only connection to Spain. However, there seems to be something, particularly in Bosch’s depiction of hell, between his art and the horrific, dark, and inhumane perceptions of Spanish art.
If you want to see these historical paintings, be sure to visit the Museo del Prado while in Madrid. Here’s what to expect when visiting, along with how to get Museo del Prado tickets.
What to expect when visiting the Prado Museum in Madrid (Museo del Prado)
Museo del Prado (or Museum of the Prado) It is a museum and art gallery located in Madrid, the capital of Spain. The Prado Museum is famous for being the largest art gallery in the world. It also displays sculptures, drawings, coins, and other artwork, but it is undoubtedly its large collection of paintings that has earned it fame around the world.
It houses more than 8,600 paintings, of which they display less than 2,000 due to the lack of space available. The collection currently includes about 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures, as well as a large number of historical artworks and documents. Currently, the museum displays less than 1,300 works in the main building, while about 3,100 works are on temporary loan to various museums and official institutions.
Many museums around the world have less art wealth in their halls than the Prado Museum has in stock.
History of the Prado Museum
It was built under the leadership of King Carlos III in 1785. Responsible for carrying out this remarkable work is the architect Juan de Villanueva. This project was tailor-made to the request and inclination of the king and his cabinet of reviving intellectuals and artists. It has been and always will be one of the places where you not only breathe air, but also breathe art with its fullest expression.
It is considered the richest in the world, possesses the largest amount of artwork per square metre, and exhibits in its collection nearly 8000 paintings by authors of the Renaissance, the neoclassical period and the modern era (between the 16th-19th centuries).
Great artists gathered at the Prado Museum. They let you compliment them, even without the praise, these artists will still do a great job. In the Prado Museum and all the greatness that can become one. The column makes this outdoor museum look elegant. The beauty full of artistic value is visible as you enter and the interior of the museum makes you enjoy the time of the journey back in Fernando VII.
Enormous paintings in this museum It is a wonderful trip in Madrid. If you come to Madrid to take a closer look at the beauty of the work of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Peter Paul Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch.
The current art gallery comes from the royal collections of the Museum of Old Trinidad, as well as collectibles, donations, and bequests. Its history began during the reign of Charles III, when he tried to create a single art collection under one roof. But it wasn’t until the reign of Fernando VII when the Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture was established, on November 19, 1819.
The deaths of the kings caused inheritance problems and jeopardized the unity of the collection, but with the disappearance of the monarchy in Spain, the museum became a national property and became known as the Madrid Prado Museum. From then until this date, the artwork has survived many challenges and was transported several times during the Spanish Civil War, ending up in the Swiss city of Geneva and returning to Madrid during World War II.
Visit the Prado Museum
The following are the opening hours of the Prado Museum:
- From Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Sunday and holidays from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
- January 1
- May 1
- December 25
- From Monday to Saturday from 6 pm to 8 pm
- Sunday and holidays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Museo del Prado tickets
Make sure to book your Museo del Prado tickets online prior to your arrival. Entrance tickets cost €18.00 and you can get it over here. Find availability and book below:
If you want to take a tour of the Prado Museum, you can book a tour over here.