Famous Spanish Painters
It’s no secret that some of the world’s most celebrated painters originated from Spain, such as Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso. Spanish art has gained worldwide recognition for its multicultural influences and dexterous application, as the Spanish, as any Latinised people, have always maintained their predilection for aesthetics and spirituality rather than mere practicality.
Among the most prestigious galleries of visual arts are the Pablo Picasso Museum in Barcelona, evidently displaying the work of the infamous artist and The Prado in Madrid, which comprises works from very different social and artistic eras, between the 12th and 19th century.
If you are an admirer of conventional art, among the best venues to visit would be the Thyssen – Bornemisza Art Gallery in Madrid, combining captivating works dated between the 13th and 20th century, mostly obtained from private collections.
In Barcelona, one would start with the National Art Gallery of Catalunya, which comprises a multitude of works from various historical eras.
A smaller gallery but definitely unique is Museo del Patriarca in Valencia, centred on religious art from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. The Sorolla Museum, located in Madrid, although smaller, contains the works of impressionist painter Joaquin Sorolla and is very well loved by visitors.
However, if you prefer an avant-gardist expression of thoughts and ideas through artistic means, you can always visit the Reina Sofia Art Gallery in Madrid, which houses modern paintings, sculptures and other artistic creations.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is particularly famous for its contemporary art displays as well as its unconventional, futuristic architecture. The same motif of combining modern art with an extravagant setting applies to the Palacio Valeriola in Valencia, as its gothic style architecture is an instant attraction for tourists. Also in Valencia you can visit the IVAM Art Museum, one of the most conspicuous displaying progressive art.
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