Madrid’s Prado Museum, housing one of the world’s great art collections, is particularly rich in the work of European masters–“…paintings loved by painters,” someone has said. It includes works by Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens and many more. Traditionally the building was capable of displaying some 900 works but, after the enlargement directed by Spanish architect, Rafael Moneo, in 2007 that number has risen to 1,150 paintings, out of a total of some 8,600 in the museum’s vaults. This inventory does not include sculptures, drawings, etchings, decorative works, coins nor medals, which bring the total works of art up to more than 12,000.
Unlike the Louvre in Paris or the Uffizi in Florence–and to a lesser extent the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Madrid–the Prado does not pretend to be an all-inclusive national art museum. It is a personal collection assembled by a few Spanish kings who loved art. Contemporary Spanish painter, Antonio Saura, has said, “The Prado is not the most extensive art museum in the world, but it is the most intensive.”
Video courtesy of the Prado Museum
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