Discover the Madrid Golden Triangle of Art

In the center of Madrid, the Golden Triangle of Art is home to the capital city’s three most important museums. For an afternoon, let the tree-lined Paseo del Prado be the stage, with the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum headlining. Here’s what you need to see in the Madrid Golden Triangle of Art.

Prado Museum (Museo del Prado)

This is Spain’s national art museum, and it has one of the world’s best collections of European paintings. If pre-twentieth-century art is your jam, head to the Prado Museum for Spanish, Italian, and French paintings up to 1800, as well as sculpture and decorative arts. From the museum’s founding in 1819, its goal has been to champion the work of Spanish artists — most notably Spanish Golden Age painter Diego Velázquez and Spanish Romantic painter Francisco de Goya. The museum boasts the largest holding of each artist’s work in any museum — 48 and 130 paintings, respectively.

Reina Sofía Museum (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) 

Opened in 1992, this is Spain’s museum of modern art. Like the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum focuses predominantly on Spanish artists. Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, the country’s undisputed twentieth-century masters, feature heavily. Picasso’s “Guernica,” an iconic large-scale anti-war painting completed in 1937, is considered the artist’s best-known work as well as the focal point of the museum.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

The locals simply call it the Thyssen, and you can, too. While its counterparts shine the spotlight on Spanish artists, the Thyssen takes a more global approach. English, Dutch, and German artists are featured, as are impressionist works and twentieth-century American pieces.

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