The 15 masterpieces of the Prado Museum

By | 28 July, 2014 | 0 comments

Obras maestras del Prado

The Prado Museum is one of the world’s most important art museums. This great art gallery has its origin in the private collections of the Spanish monarchic dynasties that governed the country many centuries ago.

On its walls we can admire some of the best works of Spanish, Italian, Flemish, French, German, Dutch and British art. This pictorial treasure, which holds more than 27,000 works, has as its main attraction the works by Velázquez, El Greco, Goya, Titian, Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch.

Not all of them are exhibited but it is true that you cannot see them all in a single visit. That is why it is important to know where the masterpieces are in order not to miss them when you enter this marvellous temple of art.

  1. Crucifixion, by Juan de Flandes (1509-1519). Oil on canvas of the Spanish-Flemish school, of religious theme.
  2. A Gentleman with his Hand on his Chest, by El Greco (circa 1580). Oil on canvas belonging to the Spanish school which depicts a gentleman of approximately 30 years of age.
  3. Las Meninas by Diego de Velázquez (1656). Oil on canvas of large size (318x276cm) which depicts the family of King Felipe IV.
  4. Jacob’s Dream by José de Ribera (1639). Oil on canvas belonging to the Spanish school, which depicts a biblical episode.
  5. The Third of May 1808 or “The Executions” by Francisco de Goya (1814). Oil on canvas of a historical theme, inspired by the events of the May 2nd uprising in Madrid.
  6. Annunciation by Fra Angelico (1425-1428). Tempera on canvas of 194x194cm in size, belonging to the Italian school, of religious theme.
  7. Portrait of a Cardinal by Raphael (1510-1511). Oil on canvas. One of the works by Raphael in which we can appreciate his skill to “paint people even more real than what they are”, according to his contemporaries.
  8. Emperor Carlos V on Horseback, by Titian (1548). Oil on canvas of large size. An equestrian portrait ordered by the emperor himself to commemorate the victory of the imperial troops over the protestants.
  9. The Immaculate Conception, by Giambattista Tiepolo (1767-1769). Oil on canvas belonging to the Italian school, depicting a religious theme.
  10. The Descent from the Cross, by Roger van der Weyden (circa 1435). Oil on canvas. Religious theme.
  11. The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Hieronymus Bosch (1500-1505). Oil and grisaille on canvas, in a triptych of allegoric theme of religious inspiration belonging to the Flemish school.
  12. The Three Graces, by Peter Paul Rubens (1630-1635). Oil on canvas belonging to the Flemish school, with a mythological theme as a pretext to an ode to love motivated by the artist’s marriage.
  13. Self-portrait by Albert Durer (1498). Oil on canvas belonging to the German school. Portrait of a gentleman wearing his best robes.
  14. Judith at the Banquet of Holofernes by Rembrandt (1634). Oil on canvas of religious theme belonging to the Dutch school and to a series of “heroic women” that the artist carried out between 1633 and 1635.
  15. Castor and Pollux, sculpture of mythological inspiration carried out on white marble by the school of Pasiteles circa 10 BC.

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