Following our post last week, where we took you on a virtual tour around Andalusia’s most known monuments and museums, we would like to continue with this series and expand to the rest of the country.
Today, we will focus on Madrid and Barcelona, homes to impressive art galleries and monuments that are worth a visit.
Some of the world most renowned museums can be found in Madrid. Spain’s capital is a perfect choice for any art lover. Today, our visit will take you to four museums and a park (so we can have some fresh air!).
- Museo del Prado: this museum does not need a presentation. With works of Velazquez, Goya and El Greco, the museum focuses on 16th to 19th century European Art. Paintings like Las Meninas, The Annunciation of Fra Angelico, The Garden of the Earthly Delights, The Surrender of Breda, The Three Graces, to name but a few, can be found in El Prado.
- Museo Reina Sofia: the museum mainly focuses on 20th-century Spanish painting, with Picasso, Dalí and Miró as main artists. Picasso’s masterpiece, El Guernica, can be found at the museum.
- Museo Thyssen: the museum started off from the Thyssen family’s private collection. Pictorially, it fills the gaps of the above-mentioned museums, with important works on display from a wide range of painters like Durer, Canaletto, Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas, Manet, Van Gogh, Cézanne and Bacon, amongst others.
- Museo Arqueológico Nacional: with pieces from the Iberian Peninsula, from Prehistory to Modern Age, the museum is a fantastic option for a different approach on Spanish history.
- Parque del Retiro: a favourite for all madrileños, the park, with 118 hectares is a haven for those seeking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Over 19,000 trees can be found at the Retiro Park, famous for its pond and the crystal palace.
Barcelona is directly linked to Modernism, both in its architecture and the works of art found on its many museums and art galleries. Today, our visit will take us to two museums and two of the main attractions of the city.
- Museo Nacional de Cataluña: the most outstanding collection at the museum is dedicated to Romanesque art. The Gothic and Renaissance works of art are very important in size and there is a Modernism area, too.
- Fundación Joan Miró: this museum is solely dedicated to the great figure of Joan Miró, one of the representatives of Surrealism. Although not a virtual visit per se, the link will allow you to know each one of the pieces of the museum.
- La Pedrera: one of the masterpieces by Antoni Gaudí, built over 100 years ago in Barcelona city centre. La Pedrera was a revolutionary building that attracted many critics at the time, but is seen as an architectural masterpiece, now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites (as part of Gaudí’s work).
- Casa Batlló: another creation of Antoni Gaudí, and now a museum. It was built in 1904, following the Modernism guidelines and is now included on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, like La Pedrera.
We do hope you have enjoyed this virtual tour in some of Madrid and Barcelona’s most known monuments and museums. Next week, we will take you on a journey through Spain. Better get ready!
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Update 07/04/2020: virtual visits in Spain