The Museo Del Prado has the most complete collection of 12th through the 20th century Spanish art and culture archive.
The building of the museum began in 1785, but was designed to be a national science museum. But the Napoleonic war halted this process and the construction was presumed under new ruling and was changed to be an art museum.
The museum first opened in 1868, most of the painting were from the royal monarchs. As time progressed more explorers brought home artwork from their adventure to showcase in the museum.
The Growing Collection
Most of the artwork shown in the museum are of Spanish culture, but there are also ones of Italian and Flemish decent.
This museum has the largest collection of Spanish cultural art work in the entire world.
The archives of the Spanish culture is not only art work, but pieces from peoples everyday life to really show what life was like in that time.
The artwork shown dates from around the 12th century to the 20th century and show the the progression of Spanish culture.
The Spanish Archives
These section of the archive has many paintings of Spanish Royal decent. This archive has recently grown by donations of the Royal families.
The Royal Collection
Museo Del Prado
In recent times the museum has made steps to make the archives available online for viewing all around the world.
The Spanish archive is a great visualization of Spanish culture from the 12th through the 20th centuray and shows what daily lives were like in their times.
Some of those who helped in the construction of the building donated their artwork or life possessions to the museum to show their lives and Spanish culture.
A collection of Viniergra's personal belongings reside in the museum. He was not only a director for the museum when it first opened but he also competed in numerous art competitions and was even awarded a first place prize in 1887. This award also allowed him to receive a first class status.
The Museo Del Prado has one of the most complete collections of Velaquez. He began to study art at a very young age and when he moved to Madrid he worked for the King and began selling his paintings to numerous different museums.
ICEO | Director Derek R. Szymanski
Ribera is one of the most famous painters found in the museum. It is unclear where he was taught to paint even though much research has been done. The painter was discovered by a Duke of Spain. Ribera is the artist behind many of the paintings of the Royals.
The Museo Del Prado has one of the most complete collections of artists like El Greco, Francisco de Goya, Velaquez, Francisco de Zurbaran and Jose RIbera. The museum also holds many other paintings by non-Hispanic artists like Picasso and Peter Paul Rubens. The museum also has a Bicentenary which captivates the history of the museum for tourists. Th elarge number of paintings and the History of the museum is what makes this museum a huge tourist attractions for Madrid.
ICEO | Director Derek R. Szy
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