Talking about art in Madrid is talking about balance and simetry, because three of the world´s most important art museums, Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and Reina Sofia Museum, are situated along a line that takes us from the classics to the contemporary, whilst we wander around the Prado Avenue.
On the short way that takes us from the Thyssen to Reina Sofía Museum on the other side, we come across a lot of interesting points of the city, such as Neptune Fountain, where Atletico de Madrid followers perform their victories, the Botanic Garden or the Royal Observatory.
It’s five hours of travel enlivened by the most lighthearted culinary offerings. For example, El Diario, a real house castiza bohemian meals which highlights the classic Spanish gastronomy, a place to eat or snack at any time of day.
A few meters Toulouse Lautrec a pub that revolves around the charismatic French painter with a proposal that combines excellent cocktails and mocktails and a wide selection of imported beers
Ritz Hotel is the departing point for this route. This elegant spot was built more than a hundred years ago, for hosting the european royalties on their trips to the capital of Spain. We recommend you to start your day with a breakfast at the hotel´s Velazquez Bar. Otherwise, if you prefer the afternoon, they serve piano background tea from 17 h. to 19:30 h.
Just in front stands the Prado Museum, open sice 1819. Among its treasures, the highlights are The Meninas from Velázquez, Majas from Goya, or the Garden of Earthly Delights from Bosch, and paintings from masters of art such as Tiziano, Rubens or El Greco.
On 2012, a replica from Leonardo´s Gioconda, painted by one his favourites pupils, probably Andre Salai or Francesco Melzi, was found in the warehouse of the museum, and is now on show.
This museum is the perfect nexus in between the classic paintings of Prado Museum and the contemporary ones in Queen Sofía Center of Art. Here you can visit one of the world´s most important private collections, which takes you from the XIII Century western art to the modern movements of XIX and XX centuries. The highlights of the Thyssen´s are their impresionist, avant-garde and pop-art icons, including names such as Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Klee o Kandinsky amongst others.
At this point of the route is necesssary a stop along the way to regain strength, and no where better than The Westin Palace Hotel on the number 7 of plaza de Las Cortes. A tea with biscuits or a ritual Jing tea under its glass dome is almost compulsory to face the last part of the route with lots of energy.
Next stop is the multi art space of CaixaForum Madrid, a vivid center where modern and antique art join hands with music, poetry, multimedia art and actual debates on arts and social affairs. The building where it stands was in its days The Noon Electric Central. Rebuilt now by Herzog & De Meuron architects studio, it has became one of Madrid´s modern architecture icons, whith its vertical garden as a delight for walkers.
For contemporary art lovers Queen Sofia Center of Art is the place to go. Here you can fnd the Guernika, the most universal painting from Pablo Picasso. Also Miró, Dalí, Tàpies, Juan Gris or Chillida, amongst others, contribute to the renown of this Collection, which is home for more than 16.200 artworks, including paintings, sculpture, installations, video art and some pieces of decorative art.
The devolepment of the museum is signed by the celebrated arquitect Jean Nouvel.