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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Del Prado Museum : Nudes

Today we arrive at Prado Museum – Nudes, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The Prado Museum is located in Madrid, Spain and dates back about 200 years. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. After the Bath, circa 1895, by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta
2. Eve, 1507, Durer
3. Adam, 1507, Durer

Image credit for artworks : Museo del Prado

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The collection of art at the Museum can be classified largely into 10 themes. These are: Saints, The New Testament & the Apocrypha, Royal Portrait, Nude, Secular Portrait, Trades & Professions, The Iconography of the Virgin, Mythological Gods & Deities, Social Realism/ Everyday Life and the Old Testament. Each section consists of a carefully curated selection of works that deeply explore the overarching theme.
  • It is interesting to know that the Museum’s collection represents the collecting preferences of the royals from the 16th and 17th centuries. Most of the artworks housed at the Museum had been donated by the Spanish royals, back when the Museum was founded. Thus, the works seen here are a direct representation of what the royals were commissioning and purchasing.
  • The Museum proudly holds the largest collection of works by Bosch, Titian, Goya, El Greco and Rubens. The collection has both breath and depth, in that it has works by a large number of artists, but also has a large number of works by certain artist.

A Final Thought :

Owing to the breath and depth of the collection, the Prado is recognised as a Museum of painters, and not of paintings. This fact may especially interest scholar and researchers who are dedicated to studying specific movements, artists or time periods in art history.

Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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