If your tour to Madrid City is limited to a couple of days only, then you should take note of the fact that you will be able to cover just a few major tourist attractions in the city. There are plenty of museums in Madrid and each one of them is an absolute treat for the ones who love artworks and paintings. However, tourists who are on a tight schedule should choose the Prado Museum over other museums in the city. This is because Prado Museum is one of the greatest art museums in the world and it houses an impressive collection of more than thousands of European paintings from the 11th to 18th Century.
In addition to that, the Prado Museum of Madrid also has an excellent collection of Spanish artworks that will help you to know more about famous Spanish artists and then highly acclaimed works. The first and most important thing you should note before entering the museum is that you will not be able to see all the artworks that are housed in the museum in a single visit.
The collections inside the Prado Museum comprises of approximately 7600 paintings, 8200 drawings, 1000 sculptures, and 4800 prints. In addition to that, there are plenty more historic documents and other works of art by internationally renowned artists. Therefore, you need to prepare a list of the paintings and artworks that you want to see while you are visiting the museum and then strictly stick to the list no matter what.
Tourists who are on a limited budget and the ones who wish to save a few Euros should note that the entry to the Prado Museum of Madrid is absolutely free from 06:00 to 08:00 pm from Monday to Saturday. In addition to that, the museum is also free to the public from 05:00 to 08:00pm on Holidays and all Sundays. However, you will need to realize the fact that you will be only able to see a maximum of 15 artworks or less during these rush hours.
On the other hand, tourists who prefer not to stand in long queues to gain entry to this museum will either have to purchase the tickets online or visit the place during the lunch hours or in the morning. If you are an early riser, then try to get to the Prado Museum at least 15 minutes before 10:00 am the museum opens to the public. If you are not an early riser, then wait until 03:00 pm for the Spanish lunch hour. Most of the natives will be having lunch at this time and the big tour groups might have already finished their Prado Museum tour. So, this will enable you to beat the crows with ease. Below are some of the must-see paintings that you should check out after entering the museum.
Jusepe de Ribera is one of the lesser known Spanish painters and he spent a major portion of his career in Italy. The Bearded Woman, which is a riveting triple portrait made by Jusepe de Ribera, reflects the trend of portraying people with psychological or physical abnormalities. The Viceroy of Naples, a major patron of de Ribera, and the Duke of Alcala commissioned this painting back in the year 1631. Magdalena Ventura and Felix were happily married and had three sons when she developed a beard. Despite the startling appearances, the artist has painted a respectful portrait of both the husband and the wife.
The Third of May
The citizens of Madrid started a rebellion against Napoleon’s occupying force on May 2, 1808. Just a day after the revolt, the troops of Napoleon killed more than hundreds of innocent bystanders and rebels to exact revenge. In Francisco Goya’s The Third of May painting, the artist has portrayed the shooters as indistinguishable and faceless while the faces of the victims are depicted in fine detail. Several artists believe that Goya is trying to recall the crucifixion of Jesus Christ with the man in a white shirt who has held his arms in the upward direction.
Equestrian Portrait of Emperor Charles V at Muhlberg
The Equestrian Portrait of Emperor Charles V at Muhlberg by the internationally renowned artist Tiziano Vecellio or Titian is one of finest portraits ever. The works of this artist have inspired several European painters over the years and it continues to do so. The Equestrian Portrait of Emperor Charles V at Muhlberg has a dual symbolism. The victor Charles has been portrayed as an heir to the imperial Roman tradition as well as a Christian Knight. If you look closely, you will be able to see the Order of the Golden Fleece around the neck of Charles. Order of the Golden Fleece refereed to a group of knights who had pledged to join Charles to preserve Catholicism.