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The Prado Museum is one of the premium attractions in Madrid. One can view a number of paintings of El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, Peter Paul Rubens, Hieronymus Bosch, and numerous other famous artists.
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Prado Museum

Above--The entrance to the Prado.

The Prado Museum maintains the art collection of Fernando VII and other royals. The Prado is one of the few museums that allows visitors to take no-flash photographs of its collection. Look below to see some photos I took while visiting this art museum.

The Prado is open from 9 a.m. to7 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday but only stays open to 2 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. See the map at the bottom of this page for the Prado's location.


Above --The Maids of Honor (Menina) - 1656AD by Diego Velazques:
Velazques is the artist in the painting. The central figure is Princess Margarita and behind her, in the mirror, are the reflections of her parents, the king (Philip IV) and queen (Mariana of Austria). The king and queen appear to be looking at the scene from our perspective.

Velazquez was fascinated by the use of light in painting. In The Maids he used a variety of direct and reflected light to illuminate the scene.

Photo Left--A section of Francisco de Goya’s The Third of May 1808

Here Goya shows the executions on Principe Pio Hill. On viewing the painting take note of the range of emotion portrayed by the condemned. All martyrs, this painting may represent the first time ordinary, and unknown, people were represented as heroes in art.

On May 2, 1808, Napoleon’s troops controlled Madrid but some in Madrid resisted, resulting in the death of some of the French. On May 2 and 3, Napoleon’s troops searched out every man in Madrid. Any found with a gun were taken for execution. In all, about 400 Spaniards were killed.


Above--Part of the left section of Garden of Delights (painted around 1500 A.D.), Hieronymus Bosch
The Garden of Delights is composed of three sections. The left section depicts God introducing Adam and Eve to the world. The right section (below) is believed to represent hell. So, what is this center section all about?


Photo Left--Part of the center section of the Gardens of Delights.

Left Photo--A small part of the painting The Haywine, also done by Bosch.

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Read Wikipedia's info on the Garden of Earthly delights.

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