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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Del Prado Museum : Trades & Professions

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

This section of the Museum is particularly interesting. It showcases the various occupations undertaken by people between the 16th – 18th centuries around Europe. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. The Blind Musician, circa 1786, Ramón Bayeu y Subias
2. Three Intinerant Musicians, 1645-1650, Jacob Jordaens
3. Portrait of a Young Girl in a Landscape, 1847, Carlos Luis de Ribera y Fieve

Image credit for artworks : Museo del Prado

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Did you know that some of the art that is displayed at the Prado was housed at various museums that have since such down. For instance, the Museo de la Trinidad and the Museo de Arte Moderno. Apart from this, purchases and donations have played an important role in shaping the vast collection.
  • When the Prado Museum first opened it had about 1500 paintings. Today, it boasts of over 7000 paintings.
  • Due to the Museum’s growing collection, over the years, new buildings and wings have been added. This has been done to accommodate more artworks as well as more visitors.
  • The Palacio de Villahermosa and the Cason del Buen Retiro buildings were added in the late 20th century. More recently in 2007, a new wing was designed by Rafael Moneo.

A Final Thought :

Like most large-scale museums, the Prado is unable to display its entire collection all at once. What you see in the Museum is only 1/7th of its full collection. The rest of the artworks are either in storage, or may be on loan to other institutions around the world where they may be exhibited for and enjoyed by the masses.

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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