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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Del Prado Museum : Royal Portrait

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

Having a portrait painted of oneself was once the height of status and royalty. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. The Emperor Charles V with a Dog, 1533, by Titian
2. The Empress Isabel of Portugal, 1548, by Titian
3. Charles II, 1693, by Luca Giordano

Image credit for artworks : Museo del Prado

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The Prado Museum is especially well known for its collection of Italian, Flemish and, of course, Spanish Art.
  • The Museum building was commissioned to be designed by architect Juan de Villanueva, under the direction of Charles III in 1785.
  • It was initially meant to house a museum of natural science.
  • Due to the Napoleonic wars, construction of the building was halted. The structure was only completed in 1819.
  • When the Museum opened in 1819, it was called the Royal Museum. It was renamed around 1868, after the exile of Isabella II.
  • The Prado is said to house one of the most comprehensive collections of Spanish art in the entire world.

A Final Thought :

If you ever find yourself in Madrid, the Prado Museum is one place you do not want to miss. Some of the best artworks known to mankind, from all over Europe, may be found here. What better place to explore the history of art – whether you are a researcher, scholar, artist, or just interested in art.

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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