Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world. It offers a great variety of scenery, monuments which may at first glance appear foreign to even central or northern Europeans, excellent gastronomy and many beaches and great weather This equation of tourist sights in Spain is completed with and lots of art. Today, many of the masterpieces can be enjoyed in Spain´s art museums spread all over the country and located not just in the top cities, but nearly everywhere.
The Moorish influence from North Africa is unmistakable, especially, but not only, in the south. A native Spanish art developed under the influence of the Arabs and it was frequently blended with Romanesque and later with Gothic elements. Various architectural peculiarities emerged, and ornamentation was taken to degrees of extreme beauty. This also happened in paintings. Despite traits are shared with middle-European styles, there is certain luminosity and passion that distinguishes Spanish from, for example, Italian art.
If we look back at Spain’s Golden Age, culture thrived in Seville, Madrid, or Valladolid. This related not just to paint, but also literature and other domains of art. Religious subjects had a clear prominence. The church was the main patron of art and we should not forget that Spain had undergone seven centuries of reconquering process. Artists like Velazquez, El Greco or Ribera would alter the religious topics, bringing a new realism to the execution of their master pieces.
Painters like Picasso, Juan Gris or Dali, already in the XXth century, combined an astonishing inventiveness with even the macabre.
In this post we will share with you some of Spain´s most important art galleries. They cover all sorts of period and are allocated in many different cities and regions within Spain.
Art Galleries in Spain
Located at the heart of the Paseo del Prado, almost in front of the Neptune Fountain, the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum shares the limelight with two of the other art museums in Madrid: the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía museum.
Since these three museums are located very close to each other, this area of Madrid has become popularly known as the Triangle of Art. … Read More
The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is is located in the city of Bilbao. It is one of the main museums in the country, with an amazing chronological breadth, spanning from the thirteenth century to the present day, and for the great diversity of artistic styles it contains. … Read More
Madrid and its “Paseo del Arte” (The local name given to the distance between the top 3 art galleries in Madrid (The Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemiza, and the Reina Sofía Museum) set Madrid amongst the top art destinations in the world. Enjoying art is one of the top things to do in Madrid.
Besides these 3 top museums, there are other smaller art galleries which would stand out in most cities in the world: The Real Academis de San Fernando, the Lazaro Galdiano museum he Casa Sorolla museum and the Cerralbo Museum. … Read More