When people think of museums in Madrid, they usually think of the ‘Golden Triangle of Art’, which consists of these three world-famous art museums:
El Prado is one of the most important art museums in the world and contains some of the finest examples of European art, with many works from the 12th to the 19th century artists such as Goya, Titian and Velázquez. The Reina Sofía is concerned mainly with 20th century Spanish artists, including Picasso (his Guernica being a particular highlight), Dali and Miró. The building used to be an 18th century hospital and Reina Sofia has a free library specializing in art, with a collection of over 100,000 books. The Thyssen-Bornemisza fills in what the other two are missing; it contains a large amount of paintings from England, America and Germany (especially those from the second half of the 20th century) and also has many works from European and American impressionist and expressionist artists.
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