The Three Graces (1630-1635), Rubens Prado Museum
Two centuries after its opening, the institution continues to reinvent itself to propose to its visitors countless routes with which to immerse itself in its unique collection
The institution offers the possibility of carrying out certain tours of its rooms based on attractive and diverse themes. As an example, the devotees of the sensuality of Rubens and his prolific workshop can stop before The Three Graces or The Garden of Love to, then, continue their visit with scenes like those painted by Botticelli, Veronese or Madrazo in Nastagio degli Onesti , Venus and Adonis and After the bath , respectively. These and other exponents give an account of how love has been (and will continue to be) one of the quintessential pictorial themes throughout history . And, if classical mythology is preferred, the art gallery stores more than 500 canvases with the Olympian deities and their exploits.
Although improvisation can be equally valid, raising the visit to the art gallery in advance can be of great help , especially given the nearly 30,000 pieces that nourish its funds. So many that, before the architectural expansion of Rafael Moneo, the institution saw the need to convert the exhibition space of the second floor into temporary warehouses, among other uses. So, not to lose a moment, the Museum has designed different routes for some of its most emblematic works depending on the time available to the visitor : from one to three hours. Las Meninas , by Velázquez, or the equestrian portrait Carlos V in the Battle of Mühlberg , by Titian, are two of the indispensable examples in these itineraries.
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The larger canvases that the Museum's collection hosts are the perfect opportunity to contemplate in detail the technique of the great masters . This is corroborated, for example, on May 3 in Madrid , by Goya, popularly known as Los firings . Set in the mountain of Prince Pio, the table includes the struggle of the Spanish people against French domination, at the beginning of the Spanish War of Independence. The feast of Herod , of Strobel, or The Rapture of Helena , of Tintoretto, are other of the canvases that can fit in this route.
If circumstances prevent you from visiting the Museum in person, your website now gives you the opportunity to do it in a virtual way and in full detail . In the section dedicated to his collection, more than 16,000 perfectly cataloged works allow to know the chosen piece by heart: from its technical characteristics to the context in which the scene was conceived, as well as a biographical record of the author. In addition, thanks to the high quality of the image, the reproduction of the canvas allows it to be enlarged to enter even the smallest stroke.
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