Prado Museum

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The Prado Museum in Madrid houses one of the world's finest collections of European classical paintings.

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The Prado Museum has a full range of artworks, including sculptures. However, its crowning splendor is its 12th to early 19th century European paintings.


Its Italian and Flemish collections are outstanding, but the Spanish assemblage shines brightest. This is particularly true in the works of Velasquez, Goya and El Greco.

Maids of Honor

This is Velasquez's and the museum's most famous painting (see photo). The young Princess Margarita is the centerpiece. She is looking at her parents, the king and queen, who are modeling for the artist Velasquez (you can see him working behind the large easel). You cannot see the royal couple directly because they are positioned where you the viewer are. Their image is reflected in the framed mirror on the far wall, directly to the right of Velasquez.

El Greco

His masterpieces in the Prado Museum include The Adoration of the Magi.


He is the strongest visitor magnet. His emotional Third of May painting is immensely admired.

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