Prado Museum: Private Walking Seminar

Product ID: 14640

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What You'll Do
  • See an extensive body of works by Northern European artists
  • Trace Spanish history through the art of the Prado
  • Learn about artists such as Rubens, Goya, Titian and many more
Discover rich art works at one of the world’s great galleries on a scholar-led private tour of Madrid’s Prado Museum. See and learn about the fantastic paintings of Goya and Velasquez, as well as artists from Northern Europe and Italy.
What to Expect
The Prado Museum stands as one of the world’s great art collections and on this 2-hour private tour you will enjoy the services of an expert scholar guide who will help uncover lesser-known facts about the great paintings of Spanish artists such as Goya and Velasquez, as well as the Flemish, Italian, and French movements.

You will get a broad brush stroke that puts art and history in context and provides you with a great foundation for studying the works in more depth at a later date.

You will begin by looking at the heterogeneous gathering of paintings that once formed part of the private collections of Spanish monarchs. Starting with Isabel la Católica and her love of Flemish art, you will see a vast collection of works by northern European artists that she and her descendants acquired.

These form the initial core of the Prado Museum and account for the presence of such masterpieces as “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch and “The Descent from the Cross” by Roger van der Weyden.

Tracing Spanish history through its art you will turn your attention to the advent of the Habsburg Dynasty in Spain, brought about by Charles V, who, along with his son Philip II, became prominent patrons of Venetian artists, including Titian.

An obsession with Venice, and Italy in general, may be a theme pursued by your docent as you look at the work of Velazquez, who King Philip IV sent to Italy in in order to acquire paintings.

You will finish in the Goya rooms, where you will review the relationship between artists and their royal patrons as you study works, such as “The Family of Charles IV.”

You will leave with a deep appreciation of the variety of masterpieces contained within the Prado, and how the museum serves as a diorama of European history from the Renaissance to modernity.

Please note that a museum entrance must be purchased at check-out for every passenger on this tour. If you do not purchase the entrance ticket you will not be able to participate in this tour and no refund will be due.
What's Included
  • Prado museum entrance
What's Not Included
  • Gratuity
Cancellation Policy
Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund
Meeting Point

Meet at the Starbucks Coffee shop located within the Westin Palace Hotel on Plaza de Canovas de Castillo, just a block from the Prado. Meet just inside the doorway to the cafe. (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
Please note that a museum entrance must be purchased at check out for every passenger on this tour. If you do not purchase the entrance ticket you will not be able to participate in this tour and no refund will be due.

• No tour on Mondays, 1 & 6 January, Good Friday, 1 May, 24 & 25 & 31 December.

• Context walks can be canceled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate for the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancelations and are non-refundable. Cancelations within two business days need to be made directly with our local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancelations made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored.

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Product ID: 14640