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The Golden Triangle of Art

April-16-2012

Madrid’s Golden Triangle of Art is home to three of the world’s best museums – Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Together, they make up the largest concentration of art in the world, making for august company indeed. Spanning the area between the Plaza de Cibeles and the Plaza de Atocha, it is no wonder that the neighborhood of Paseo del Prado is a favorite haunt of locals and tourists alike.

The Museo Prado is known, among other honors, for the distinction of housing almost 50 artworks by Diego Velázquez. Widely considered one of Spain’s greatest painters, his masterpiece Las Meninas finds a place of pride here. Francisco Goya is also widely represented at the Prado. With 140+ paintings by the Spanish native, the Prado deserves its reputation for displaying the most important and largest collection of Spanish art in the world.

Established in the early nineties, the Reina Sofia is the modern art museum that forms one-third of the golden trio. A veritable treasure trove of 20th century art, the museum counts a number of works by Salvador Dali, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso. Guernica by Picasso is the institution’s most famous resident. Julio González, Pablo Serrano and Juan Gris are some of the other artists whose works are displayed at the Reina Sofia.