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Spanish Art Ideas For Spain Travelers

If you love European art, don’t miss a chance to enjoy a seamless, tailor-made vacation tour of splendid, sunny Spain. Here are some Spanish art ideas for travelers.

For brevity, this post will focus on art and culture of Madrid and Barcelona but there are amazing, smaller, art collections on display in some of the Spanish regional leading cities. This includes Seville (Sevilla), Malaga, and Córdoba in southern Spain’s Andalucia regions. And let’s not forget Valencia, Caceres and Bilbao as well!

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While Barcelona is more fashionable according to the media, in my experience living here for 10+ years most Madrid art-loving residents would not change cities.

Madrid is a paradise for art and culture lovers, with dozens of world-class museums, galleries, theatres and libraries. It even houses the Golden Triangle of Art, the best of Spain’s art museums and a must-see for all cultural travelers from all over the world, including works by Velázquez, Goya, Rubens, El Greco, Dalí and Picasso.


Don’t miss these three world-class art museums that make up the famous Golden Triangle of Art in Madrid.

This includes the iconic Museo del Prado (Prado Museum), the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Centro Nacional de Arte Reina Sofía) and the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza).

In each of these impressive monuments, you’ll find some of the best collections of Spanish and European art in the world. Whether you visit a museum or tour the entire Golden Triangle, you’ll find yourself immersed in the rich works of art and priceless creations that have emerged from the last 500 years of European art.

That is why most experts agree that the best collection of world-class masterpieces in Spain is undoubtedly in Madrid.


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The most important artistic sites in Barcelona are undoubtedly the architecture of Gaudí.
Below are perhaps the first works of Picasso and the collection of Joan Miró. See more ideas below:-)

Famous for its architecture, parks and museums, Barcelona is the mecca for artistic travel experiences.

Don’t miss La Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s magnificent masterpiece still under construction, and its Parc Güell, clad in psychedelic mosaics. For more architectural magic, visit Casa Batllò and Casa Milà, or La Pedrera, Gaudí’s last private residence.

If you’re a fan of Salvador Dalí, take a day trip to Figueres, where you can visit the Dalí Theatre and Museum. The building itself is the largest surrealist object in the world, built by Dalí on the ruins of a 19th century theatre destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.


P.S. Spanish Art Bonus: Seville in five works of art

A prominent protagonist of the Golden Age of Spanish art, Seville which became very wealthy as the Royal Port of Spain, reveals a lot through its paintings. Here are five masterpieces not to be missed and the stories behind them.

Vision of San Antonio (Vision of San Antonio, 1656) This giant painting of Murillo in the cathedral was the victim of a notorious art theft in 1874 when an opportunist thief cut the figure of San Antonio on his knees from the canvas and fled with it to America. . Miraculously, the figure appeared several months later in New York. It was discovered by a skilled art dealer who bought it for $250 and sent it back to Seville, where it was skillfully reinserted into the canvas.

Mercy (Mercy, 1666-1670) In the 1660s, Murillo was commissioned to complete a series of six paintings on the theme of mercy for the newly opened Hospital de la Caridad in Seville, a task he completed with his usual poise. In 1810, four of the series were stolen by a French general, Jean de Dieu Soult, when Napoleon’s army occupied Seville. The paintings were never returned, they remain scattered throughout museums in Paris, London and Canada, which means that four of the ’Walls’ on display at the hospital are 21st century copies.

Santa Rufina (Santa Rufina, 1629-1632) One of the few paintings by Diego Velázquez on display in his hometown, this depiction of Santa Rufina (a Christian martyr of the 3rd century) was purchased by the local Focus-Abengoa Foundation in 2007 with the aim of bringing the artist ’home’. The painting cost a considerable 12. 4 million euros and is now on display at the Hospital of the Venerable Priests in the Santa Cruz district near the Catedral de Sevilla.

Immaculate Conception (Inmaculada Concepción, 1650) The debate about the Immaculate Conception haunted Spanish artists in the 16th and 17th centuries and you will see it represented in works of art throughout the city; Murillo alone painted more than a dozen versions. One of its most notable performances illuminates a restored chapel in the Museum of Fine Arts. A more sober interpretation of Zurbarán can be seen at the Hospital of the Venerable Priests.

Virgen de Los Mareantes (Virgen de los marineros, 1531-1536) Hanging in the Audience Hall of the Real Alcázar, a chapel where sailors used to pray before sailing to the Indies, Alejo Fernández’s masterpiece was painted sometime between 1531 and 1536, and is generally considered to be the oldest known description of the discovery. of the New World. It depicts Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, Charles V and a group of Native Americans who take refuge under the extended cloak of the Virgin Mary.

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P.P.S Art lovers should not miss Madrid’s Art Triangle, especially the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum. Thanks for reading and sharing: SPANISH ART IDEAS FOR SPAIN TRAVELERS.

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