Viaje a la segunda pinacoteca del país

By | 27 November, 2014 | 0 comments

Museo San FernandoIt is nowhere near as well known as El Prado Museum but the San Fernando Museum of Fine Arts, on Calle Alcalá, 13, a few yards from the Puerta del Sol and our hotel, is considered Spain’s second art museum. Valuable paintings by artists such as Zurbarán, Sorolla, Luis Paret, Julio Romero de Torres and other more modern ones like Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso or Rafael Nogar decorate its walls. A special mention must go to the section dedicated to the great Francisco de Goya, with thirteen paintings among which you can find famous ones such as The Burial of the Sardine.

It is a large museum, with 59 rooms that hold more than 1,400 paintings and a large number of sculptures and drawings. Most of the artistic heritage of the Spanish Royal Academy, as an art school founded in the 18th century, is made up by works carried out by its own students, many of them some of the history of art’s most famous names such as Salvador Dalí or Pablo Picasso, although the latter’s time at the academy was brief.

It is not a museum that usually programmes temporary exhibitions but its permanent collection is big and abundant enough to satisfy even the most demanding art lovers. Works such as Agnus Dei and the Mercedarian Friars by Zurbarán; Mary Magdalene by Ribera from the year 1636; the only painting by Arcimboldo preserved in Spain; Riva degli Schiavoni by Leandro Bassano or the splendid Knight’s Dream by Pereda among other outstanding paintings that gather the best Spanish, Italian and Flemish art.

The museum opens for a reduced amount of hours, from Tuesday to Sunday (holidays included) from 10am until 3pm. Tickets cost 6 euros and less for concessions. Entry is free on Wednesdays.

Foto: Carlos Delgado via Wikimedia Commons. CC-BY-SA

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