Art lovers of the world unite, more precisely, art lovers of the world unite in the magnificent city of Madrid. Home to some of the finest works of art in the world, Madrid is a metropolis of pleasure and indulgence. A combination of grand art exhibitions, impeccable Spanish cuisine as well as a vast selection of the most incredible luxury hotels, Madrid is truly a mecca for lovers of the finer things in life. With no intention of slowing down, Madrid offers the different senses a unique experience and there is really no time to waste. Immerse yourself in the city that holds treasures of the past as well as promises of future riches.
Paseo del Prado
As one of, if not the art capital of the world, Madrid holds nothing back when it comes to offering its visitors and inhabitants a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Combining domestic and foreign masterpieces, Madrid is home to some of the most renowned artwork in the world and the abundance of treasures on display is sure to leave no one wanting. Too set the tone for the ultimate art endeavor in Madrid, a visit to the Paseo del Prado is a must. A masterpiece in itself, the avenue situated between Plaza de Cibeles and Glorieta del Emerador Carlos V, is home to three of the world’s most prominent art galleries, The Prado, Thyssen and Reina Sofía.
The Prado, the Thyssen and Reina Sofía holds between them a catalogue of art that covers generations and whether it be contemporary or Renaissance pieces on display, there is sure to be something for everyone. These cultural treasures makes it possible to indulge in the beauty of colors while basking in the luxury of scenes from the different ages.
The Prado, officially the Museo del Prado is perhaps the most famous art museum in Madrid. The crown jewel in a city of gems. Home to an ample collection of both religious and secular paintings, it was built in 1785 and contains over 8600 pieces of art. Recognized as one of the most famous museums in Europe it can boast with a collection of Francisco Goya as well as Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. This in addition to works of Diego Velázquez and Rembrandt. If this is not enough, there is also a magnificent collection of sculptures as well as the sheer beauty of the building itself. A breathtakingly stunning experience to say the least.
The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza
Home to the extraordinary private collection of the Baroness Thyssen, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza hosts an incredible permanent collection represented by among others Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Michelangelo Merisi daCaravaggio. At the Thyssen it is possible to follow the history of European art from the Middle Ages up until the late 20thcentury. Lose yourself in German Renaissance, 19thcentury American art, Impressionism and Russian Constructivism. However, if contemporary art is more to your liking there is no reason to worry as the ground floor of the museum presents 20thcentury avant-garde masterpieces by Vasilij Kandinsky, Marc Chagall and Roy Lichtenstein. With over 1000 works of art at the Thyssen, there really is no reason to feel wanting.
The third essential visit must be the Reina Sofía. If the Prado and the Thyssen may boast of collections representing ages past, the Reina is all about the contemporary art scene. With artwork spanning from the 20thcentury up until the 1980’s, it is a fabulous display of modern skill. As with the other museums there are certain musts at the Reina as well. Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica”, probably the most famous artwork in Spain being one of them. Other musts are the exquisite Salvador Dalí collection, featuring some of the Masters most prominent work such as the image of the dripping clocks. Open since 1990, the museum now hosts over 22000 pieces of art and is divided into four sections, The Irruption of the 20th Century. Utopia and Conflict (1900-1945), Is the War Over? Art in a Divided World (1945-1968), and From Revolt to Postmodernity (1962-1982).
After having indulged in Madrid’s splendid art scene it might be time to cater to other senses as well. Already living in one of the city’s extravagant luxury hotels, fine dining is a mere breath away. Feeling adventurous? Then challenge the palate by trying some of Madrid’s modern cuisine, infused with enough Spanish heat to increase even the modest of passions. Add a final flare of indulgence and sophistication to the stay in Madrid by ending the evening at the “epicenter” of the city’s cocktail scene, an exquisite example of luxury in the modern age. Madrid is truly a unique experience and its complex composition will leave all of the senses singing.