The Prado Museum is one of three magnificent art museums in Madrid. It is the oldest one and has art ranging from the 12th till the early 20th century on display. There are a lot of great works inside. We have made a selection of the highlights for you, and we created engaging audio content so that you can truly enjoy those works. The tour is available in the Amuze app.
Two of the absolute highlights in the Prado Museum are Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez and the works by Hieronymus Bosch, most noticeably The Garden of Earthly Delights. But before you arrive to those masterpieces, there are some wonderful works that we recommend you to see. The museum has one masterpiece by Caravaggio, which is David with the Head of Goliath. It is the third version he created on this topic and is one of the last paintings he created during his life.
Two other artists whose works are hard to miss in the Prado Museum are Peter Paul Rubens and Titian. Somewhat surprisingly, the Prado owns more works of them than any other museum in the world. On our tour, we stop at a wonderful portrait of Emperor Charles V by Titian and the Three Graces by Rubens. We could have picked other works by these artists, but we believe that these works truly show the specific talents of both.
And, of course, a visit to the Prado is not complete without seeing some of the works by Goya. The tour contains multiple of his masterpieces. There are two provocative paintings of the same gypsy woman. One is naked and the other is dressed: The Naked Maja and the Dressed Maja. The combination of both paintings shows the unique impact of nudity on its environment.
And the tour ends with two paintings by Goya that have very significant historical value in Spain. They show the events on the second and third of May, 1808, when Napoleonic forces violently suppressed the Spanish rebels in Madrid. These events left a deep impression on Goya and our audio tour will explain how Goya has forcefully captured these events and the impact they had on society.
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