Saturday, September 05, 2009

Museo del Prado

A tip for those planning to visit Madrid’s Museo del Prado: buy your ticket online. I was able to completely bypass the more than 100-metre long queue. My main reason for going was for Goya’s Black Paintings, including “Saturn Devouring his Children” and “The Cudgel Fight.” All fourteen are on permanent exhibition.

When in Bruges, I saw Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Last Judgement” and thought how small it was. In Madrid’s Museo del Prado, I saw Bosch’s triptych, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” and it’s huge! The central panel must be 2m x 3m. There were also numerous other Bosch works, several of which I was unfamiliar with, and another version of Hans Memling’s “Adoration of the Magi” triptych, which I saw in Bruges.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If you're still in Madrid, Wayne, make sure you don't make the same mistake I did. Go and see Guernica. I missed it thinking that it was in Barca!

I'm sure you know, of course, but the painting is housed in the Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, just down the road from the Prado.

- AR