Private Skip-the-Line Prado Tour
- Prado highlights: See what caught the eye of Spanish royalty, including Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch and The Descent from the Cross by Roger van der Weyden.
- Spanish Empire: Not since the Roman Empire had there been such a global power. See how the once-called "empire on which the sun never sets" influenced the works in the collection.
- Art historian guide: You and your small group (maximum of six people) will get the lowdown on the art from a professional art historian. You're in for a fascinating walk.
About This Madrid Tour
The Prado Museum stands as one of the world's greatest art museums, famous not only for works by such major Spanish artists as Velazquez and Goya, but also for a wide range of Flemish, Italian, and French art. Believe us when we say that the influence of the Spanish Empire was far-reaching. And what better way to see it than in the company of a professional art historian?
We begin by looking at the paintings that once formed part of the private collections of Spanish monarchs. Starting with Isabel la Catolica and her love of Flemish art, we'll look at the vast assemblage of works by Northern European artists that she and her descendants acquired. These works form the initial core of the Prado, and account for the presence of such masterpieces as Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch and The Descent from the Cross by Roger van der Weyden, two of the most important paintings on display.
Tracing Spanish history through the art of the Prado, we'll also turn our attention to the advent of the Habsburg dynasty in Spain brought upon by Charles V, who, along with his son Philip II, became prominent patrons of Venetian artists, chiefly Titian. We may dwell for a while with this artist's powerful portraits of both regents and compare and contrast the way in which he depicted father and son as we also take into account the political and religious components of each painting.
We'll look at Rubens who sojourned at the court in Madrid and who provides a unique contrast to Velazquez, in particular his famous Las Meninas. And we'll finish in the Goya rooms, where we can review the relationships between artists and their royal patrons as we study such works as The Family of Charles IV, a family portrait dated c. 1800 with interesting political connotations. This is an unforgettable way to explore the highlights of this magnificent museum.
Another Mona Lisa
While Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, Mona Lisa, smiles serenely from her perch on the wall at the Louvre in Paris, your eyes are not deceiving you should you come upon her twin at the Prado. Indeed, the copy which has been on display since 1819 was once thought to be worthless. After restoring the painting in 2012, the Prado now considers it to be the earliest replica of the great masterpiece, likely done by one of da Vinci's pupils, possibly in his studio at the same time.
Please make your way to the Starbucks coffee shop, located within the Westin Palace Hotel, at Plaza de las Cortes, 7, Madrid 28014, just a block from the Prado. Meet your guide just inside the doorway to the Starbucks, on the left.
Purchase your Picasso Museum tickets during check-out. Just one per person and skip the line!
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind. In need of retail therapy after your tour? Your guide can advise you where to go in search of that "must have" souvenir to take home. Be sure to have some local currency and a backpack for all your great buys.
Plan to walk for approximately 2 miles at a gentle pace. This itinerary can be modified for your private group to accommodate wheelchairs and those with limited mobility. Let us know ahead of time at Hello@GoBe.com.
Walking Tour, Cultural, Scenic, Family Friendly, Private Tour
Public transportation may be used from time to time. Have local currency available for tickets. Your tour may involve walking only.
Ph.D. or MA-level scholar guide
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you use a folding wheelchair, we'll do our best to accommodate you with at least 7 days advanced notice, providing you have someone along to assist you. Email us at Hello@GoBe.com. Accessibility at all venues cannot be guaranteed.
Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our guide, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the guide.
Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.
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