In today’s adventures I had the honor of visiting none other than el Museo del Prado! This museum is home to hundreds if not thousands of works of art. The building has 4 floors with enough paintings to build a house!
El Prado is by far the best art museum when it comes to Spanish art. On top of that it is one of the world’s most visited museums. With art dating from the 12-19th century there is plenty of room for tastes of all sort. Some of the art I saw today includes works by: El Greco, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Caravaggio, Poussin, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velásquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Mengs, Tiépolo, Berruguete, Van der Weyden, El Bosco, Durebo, Rafael, Rosales, and Sorrola. Yes these are just a few of the artists who’s work is on display.
As you can see there there are plenty of paintings to go around. With so many paintings and painters it is rather difficult to keep track on which ones are whose and whose paintings are what.
El Prado is not only home to thousands of paintings, but also to sculptures, drawings and prints! Sculptures I have seen plenty of, I have seen them depict gods, kings, artists, rapes, decapitations, rescues and much more. But nothing hit me more emotionally than the sculpture above. The detail is so spot on that all it needs is color added to it and you have a full rendition of a tragic incident.
On the more positive side, here we see a statue of King/Emperor Carlos V. Besides looking super elegant and extraordinary detailed, the statue actually has removable parts! Yes you read that right, there are pieces of the statue that you can take off! The spear, his sword, and even his armor can be removed as they are only in place thanks to a few screws. The parts were meant to be removable so that the viewer could see that the King/Emperor was a warrior, heroic, and powerful leader, but at the same time (when the pieces were removed) he was just like one of the people, gentle, and loving.