The Museo del Prado, located in Madrid, Spain, is said to be the largest art museum of the world. This museum exhibits a wide variety of different art works, such as paintings, sculptures, drawings, among many others. This museum’s art collection is so large that they actually can only exhibit about 25% of the total amount of works they have due to the fact that they don’t have space enough to exhibit them all.
The origins of the Museo del Prado can be traced back to the époque in which Charles II was king of Spain, and started collecting art work pieces in his main residence. This art collection would be the first steps into the creation of the Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture created while Fernando VII was king, and which would later become the actual Museo del Prado.
The Museo del Prado exhibits its art work pieces in two different main buildings, the Villanueva and the Cason del Buen Retiro. Within the Villanueva building, visitors could meet most of the museum’s art works, while in the Cason del Buen Retiro they would be able to observe not so many but a few very interesting as well which, without any doubt make this area worthwhile of being also visited.
There are art work pieces from a wide variety of artists, origins and époques exhibited in the Museo del Prado. Art works created by artists from Spain, Germany, France, Italy, and many other origins can be observed while walking from one room of this museum to the other, meeting art pieces created by artists such as Velázquez, Murillo, Goya, Rembrandt, Cranach, Hans Memling, Patinir, Tiziano, and Rafael among many others.
The Museo del Prado is, without any doubt, one of the main spots tourists should visit while being in Madrid. This Museum is one of the most interesting places which those who enjoy arts could meet in this city, although there also are several other amazing museums and galleries as well, turning Madrid into one of the main art related destinations a tourist could find in the entire world.