The Prado Museum Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of the Prado Museum.
# 151603 | 2,402 words | 12 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jul 03, 2012 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , Art (Museums)

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This paper discusses the history and collection of the Prado Museum in Madrid which is renowned throughout the world and has one of the largest and most important collections of art in Europe. According to the paper, the importance of the Prado is that it provides in one location a coherent and extensive collection of some of the most famous and respected works in the history of Western art. The paper describes the history of the museum and its expansion. Then, it highlights the architectural style of the building. Finally, the paper explores the Prado's collection, noting particular masterpieces for which the museum is known. The paper concludes by stating that the Prado is an exceptional museum not only because of its extent and size, but also because of the quality of the works that are included in its various collections. Color reproductions of some paintings are included in the paper.


History and Expansion of Museum
Building Structure, and Architectural Styles and Influences
The Collection
El Greco
The Contemporary Significance of the Museum

From the Paper:

"There are also many interesting historical aspects to this museum. For instance, "For a while, the structure was used as a headquarters for the cavalry when the Napoleonic troops were based in Madrid during the War of Independence" (Prado Museum Madrid). The art works were also transferred many times during the Spanish Civil War. "...353 paintings, 168 drawings and the Dauphin's Treasure, a collection of jewels and decorative art, were all moved to Valencia, Girona and finally to Geneva in Switzerland" (Prado Museum Madrid). The Prado collection was eventually returned to Mardi and the museum during the Second World War, where it remains today.
"The holdings of the museum are also interesting from a historical perspective. The museum consisted originally of a combination of art collected by the Habsburg and Bourbon monarchs of Spain. The original collection that was established by Charles V, who reigned from 1516 to 1556, was later increased or enlarged by Philip II (1556-98).
"It is also significant to note in term of the art works in the museum that both these monarchs were patrons of Titian. Furthermore, the collection of art was also enlarged and enhanced when Philip IV, who commissioned the court painter of the time..."

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