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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Museo Del Prado (Prado Museum)

Aloha Everyone,

Prado Museum was our 3rd and the final major museum we visited in Madrid. The museum exhibits perhaps the world's most extensive collection of Spanish art dating from the 12th to 19th centuries.
Using a brochure from the information kiosk, I mapped out a plan as to which paintings to view. On the 4th floor, there are rooms devoted to the well known Spanish painter Francisco de Goya. It was interesting to view his work as he worked from court painter, political commentator to “black paintings” during the later years of his life.

More than 3,900 canvases, some so large that one painting covers the entire length of a room, are absorbing and overwhelming. Diego Velázquez, El Greco were some of my focus and I told J.J. that I would be happy to spend a week meandering around this museum and never get tired of it. No photography permitted anywhere in Prado is a good thing. Otherwise people would linger and block the areas of their favorite paintings.
A lunch break at the museum café with wonderful ambience and a great selection of food, reasonable prices were an additional, unexpected benefit.  

Aloha -- Cathi