Madrid: A World Capital of Art


The Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía Museum (MNCARS) together make up the “Paseo del Arte” or “Art Walk”. These three collections that make Madrid the world capital of art, three collections without which it would be impossible to understand the history and evolution of painting. Already during the reign of Carlos III it was suggested that Madrid be endowed with a collection of paintings on a par with that of the Louvre in Paris. But not until Fernando VII took the throne would such a project take shape. Thanks in large part to the wishes of María Isabel de Braganza, the king’s second wife and considered the museum’s founder, the Prado opened its doors on 19 November 1819 under the name “Museo Real de Pintura y Escultura” (Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture). Currently, the facilities of all three art museums are undergoing an important process of expansion that will allow them to continue to increase their already extraordinary collections. They also periodically organize exhibits of great interest, that give an even brighter shine to the permanent collections.

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