Favorite Madrid Museums

The Professor Likes the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Reina Sofia. What About You?

Author: The Traveling Professor/Wednesday, July 24, 2013/Categories: Spain

Rate this article:
4.4

Prado:   One of the great art museums in all the world, this gem has an enormous collection of 12th to early 19th century European art.   It is famous for its variety of pieces by Velasquez, Goya, and El Greco.    I like the easiness and space afforded by the building to make it a relaxing place to visit.   Americans may not be as familiar with these Spanish classics compared to those of a museum like the Orsay or Orangerie in Paris.   I would suggest getting a personal guide or audio guide for the tour.

Thyssen-Bornemisza:  Located across the way from each other, the Prado, the Thyssen form the "Paseo del Arte" in Madrid.  For me, it is the perfect compliment to the Prado.  Since the collection was originally derived from a private collection, expect a wide variety of art.    Vistors will find Van Gogh, Monet, Rubens, Rembrandt,  Carvaggio,  The Thyssen contains significant works from the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists.   Travelers enjoy the work of Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Renoir.    More classic pieces from Renaissance painters like Rubens, Hopper, Degas, Picasso and Mondrian.   It's a fun place to visit.

Reina Sofia:   It's worth the visit for just one piece:  Guernica by Picasso.   This anti-war statement is the most powerful painting I have ever seen.   But let's not sell the rest of the museum short.  It's excellent collection of 20th century art, primarily by Spanish artists but other familiar names like Ernst, Man Ray stand next to those like Picasso, Miro and Dali.

Number of views (2578)/Comments ()

«September 2018»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
27

Croatia: What to Do and See

small group tours to croatiaOne of the hottest travel destinations now is Croatia. The Traveling Professor has been visiting on his small group tours to Croatia and we have a trip scheduled for this year and 2 for 2019.  Located on the Adriatic Sea, I expected the food to be more Italian than Mediterranean, and I was wrong.  The coastline is staggeringly beautiful, the cities are ancient and exciting.  We found the people to be incredibly warm and welcoming. And lastly, the price is right.  Read more to find out about the exciting travel destination of Croatia.

Read more
28

Five 2-Star Hotels in Paris

best 2 star hotels in ParisHotels in Paris can be expensive and a good bargain is hard to find.  The Traveling Professor, on his small group tours to Paris, has used several good 2-star hotels. The Professor's requirements for a good 2-star hotel is that they must be clean, comfortable, and quiet.  Location also plays a big factor into selecting a Paris hotel.  In this blog post, The Professor has selected five good 2-star hotels for your next trip to Paris.

Read more
29

4 Places to Go in the Winter

Small Group Tours to IcelandAs I write this, it is over 90 degrees Farenheit in the Northeast United States.  Boy, do I wish I could go somewhere where it is cool now. I'm thinking of some of my favorite destinations to visit in the winter time.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post and get some advice on some good places to go when the weather isn't hot.

Read more
3031

2 Tips for Flying to Europe Inexpensively and Comfortably

How to Fly to Europe Inexpensively The worst part about travel to Europe is the horrible experience that it is to fly coach class on a trans-Atlantic flight. In this blog post, I will give a great tip on how to fly to Europe in comfort without spending the big bucks to fly business class.  And if just looking for a way to get there inexpensively on one of those legacy carriers, The Traveling Professor will give you some good tips on that too. Check out today's blog post on how to get to Europe inexpensively and in comfort. 

Read more
12

5 Tips for Planning an Amalfi Coast Trip

small group tours to Amalfi CoastThe Amalfi Coast is a wonderful destination and The Traveling Professor has run several small group tours to Amalfi.  When planning a trip to the Amalfi Coast including Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Capri, and Ravello, there are a few considerations to consider.  Probably lodging is the #1 concern along with how to get from place to place, what to see and do, and of course where to eat.  In today's blog post, The Traveling Professor gives some of his best tips in planning an Amalfi Coast tour.

Read more
3

4 Paris Restaurants Featured in Movies You Know

small group tours to ParisOn our small group tours to Paris, The Professor always likes to point out sites featured in movies.  It's part of the fun in traveling to Paris.  In today's blog post, The Professor points out some restaurants featured in movies you know.  And, you can dine at these restaurants too.  Join The Professor on his next small group tour to Paris or go on your own to see where Hollywood meets Paris.

Read more
4

Planning a Trip to Giverny, Home of Monet

Tips for Planning a Trip to Giverny Home of MonetOne of the greatest, if not the greatest, Impressionists painters of all time is Claude Monet. His home, gardens, and studio is located about 75 km (about 45 miles) from the center of Paris.  We have done a trip to Giverny many times on our small group tours to Paris. It is an easy day trip done as a group or individually by car or train. If done right, a trip to Giverny is more than worthwhile.  Look at today's blog post for The Professor's best tips on planning a trip to Giverny.

Read more
56789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
1234567