In the 16th-17th century, the Spanish monarchs spent the wealth of Madrid not only on civil projects and wars, but also on art. They had a great interest in commissioning and collecting art. Because of the exceptional spending on art, the country is a haven for museum lovers. The museums are not only popular for their exquisite displays of art, but also for their stunning architecture.
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
This museum in Madrid is home to a modern collection of art that focuses on three masters of contemporary art: Miro, Dali, and Picasso. The monumental Guernica of Picasso adorns the centre of the museum with its glory.
Museo del Prado
Often compared to the Louvre is this amazing museum, which is housed in a fabulous neoclassical building. The museum has a collection of exquisite European and Spanish masterpieces that will certainly please your sight.
In 1993, the Spanish Government purchased a great pile of artwork from the Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza. The museum has a collection of about 1600 paintings among which are the works of great artists like Caravaggio, Titian, Rembrandt, and Durer. The collection also exhibits significant pieces from the period of Impressionism.
Valencia and Catalonia
About 3600 works of the 20th century artist Pablo Picasso are housed in five Renaissance palaces in La Ribera. The museum was established while Picasso was still alive. Science and Charity, and The First Communion are among the collection’s highlights.
Museu Nacionald’Art de Catalunya
The museum holds an excellent collection of devotional sculpture and Romanesque frescoes. Most of the sculptures have been rescued from chapels that were left abandoned in the Pyrenees. Rehanging the fragile frescoes after they were taken off the crumbling walls was an amazing feat of renovation.
Miro gifted this museum to Barcelona for helping him shape his career. His collaborator and friend, Lluis Sert, was responsible for the amazing architecture of this museum. The museum is home to 11,000 of the artist’s work, including textiles, prints, drawings, sculpture, and oils.
Museo de Bellas Artes
The Museo de Bellas Artes is among the country’s most excellent smaller collections. Home to masterpieces by Velazquez, Ribera, Goya, and Ribalta, the museum is a great place to visit for art lovers. The museum also has a gallery that is fully devoted to Joauquin Sorolla, a 19th century painter.
The Guggenheim is the 21st century’s first great structure. What once was a filthy industrial city was transformed by the construction of this museum. International and national art by contemporary sculptors and painters is showcased in its radiant galleries. You can easily combine a visit to Barcelona with a trip to Bilbao.
Museo de Bellas Artes
The museum is home to art of El Greco, Zurbaran, and Murillo, as well as Baroque religious sculpture, Gothic art, and 19th-20th century Sevillian art. If you take a fast train from Madrid, you can easily reach Seville in about three hours.