Designed by José Churriguera in the waning baroque years of the early 18th century, this museum showcases 500 years of Spanish painting, from José Ribera and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo to Joaquín Sorolla and Ignacio Zuloaga. The tapestries along the stairways are stunning. It displays paintings up to the 18th century, including some by Goya. Guided tours, by very qualified and amenable guides, are available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 11, except during August.
The same building houses the Instituto de Calcografía (Prints Institute), which sells limited-edition prints from original plates engraved by Spanish artists. Check listings for classical and contemporary concerts in the small upstairs hall.
Jan 31, 2008
This is a small museum with a very uneven collection, though its best stuff (including several Goyas) makes it worth visiting. It's free on Wednesdays.
Sep 14, 2004
The Prado has the best of the best, but this jewel will be your favorite. No tour groups, no crowds, beautifully restored. If you study art history at all, you've seen some of these works in the texts. Among the highlights: Goya's self-portraits and a series of Zurbaran's full size portraints of monks. My favorite. Only sad it took my 3rd trip to discover it.