18 May Three museums to lose yourself in
A brief visit to three jewels of culture
Travellers, museums offer us unique insights and experiences throughout the world, on pretty much any subject you could ever think of.
It’s for this reason, that since 1977 International Museum Day has been celebrated each year on the 18th May. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the current challenges and goals that museums face. So to celebrate International Museum Day, we are going to give them the prominence they deserve. Today we are going to talk about three of the best, most important and most famous museums around the world: the Louvre Museum, the Prado Museum and the National Gallery. Are you ready to accompany us along this road of culture?
Louvre Museum, Paris
Yes, that’s right, the museum par excellence. We’ve all heard of it and are all probably vaguely familiar with it, but not everyone knows what’s inside this palace of culture. The Louvre Museum is one of the most spectacular museums in the world, boasting one of the most important art collections to be found anywhere. Among the most notable works is the famous Mona Lisa by the Italian master Leonardo Da Vinci and the ancient Greek sculpture the Venus de Milo. It also contains a very extensive collection of Egyptian works. This is reflected in the famous glass pyramid, which has become an emblem of the museum. Visiting the Louvre Museum is something that should be on everyone’s list.
Prado Museum, Madrid
Whilst less well known than the Louvre, the Prado Museum in Madrid (which is the national gallery of Spain) is widely considered to house one of the world’s finest collections of European art, as well as one of the largest collections of art in the world. Among the masterpieces on display here are Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, El caballero de la mano en el pecho (or The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest) by El Greco and Los fusilamientos del dos de Mayo (or The Third of May 1808) by Goya. This is a must see if you are visiting Madrid
National Gallery, London
If you like classic art, then the National Gallery in London is definitely the museum for you. It has a collection of more than 2,000 works of art by some of the European greats, from the end of the 13th Century until the 19th Century. Some of the most famous works of art to be found here are the Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio and the Sunflowers by the great Dutchman Vincent Van Gogh. A visit to the National Gallery is always something to fit in when you’re in London.
So don’t hesitate anymore travellers! Plan your next trip to either Paris, Madrid or London, don’t forget your travel insurance policy, and come and enjoy some of the most spectacular and important museums in the world. Happy International Museum Day!
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Enjoy your trip into fine art and culture!