|The Prado Museum is renowned as being the largest art gallery in the world, even moreso due to its expansion in September 2007. It also exhibits sculptures, drawings, coins and other works of arts, but it is undoubtedly its large collection of paintings which has given it fame worldwide. It houses more than 8,600 paintings, of which some 2000 are exhibited due to a lack of space.
Its history began during the reign of Charles III, when he tried to create a single art collection under one roof. But it was not until the reign of Fernando VII when the Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture was created,and upon his death was subsequently renamed the Prado National Museum .
Nowadays, its treasures are exhibited in two adjacent buildings : the Villanueva Building where the majority of the works are housed, and the Cason del Buen Retiro.
Our tour takes in the great collections classified according to the nationality of the original school.
· The Italian school has among others, works by Andrea Mantenga, Sandro Botticelli, Rafael, Andrea del Sarto, Correggio, Lorenzo Lotte, Tintoretto, Verones, Tiepolo and above all, Tiziano.
· Early Flemish, with works by Rogier van der Veyden, Flemish master Hans Memling, Jochim Patinir, Quentin Metsys, Bernard van Orley, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Brueghel and the Flemish school with Rubens, Jordaens and Anton van Dyck.
· The German, French and Dutch schools with works by Lucas Cranach, Albert Dürer, Nicolas Poussin, Claudio de Lorena and Rembrandt
· The Spanish school is represented with works by the grand masters Bartolomé Bermejo, Pedro Berruguete, Luis de Morales, El Greco, Juan B. Maino, José de Ribera, Alonso Cano, Claudio Coello, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo, Luis Meléndez, and Goya, amongst others.
Our tour comprises of entrance, English speaking Art Guide and lasts approximately 4 hours. Please Contact Us to reserve this tour.