Dear friends, 

Although museums might be closed now, there are many ways to visit a gallery from the comfort of your home as virtual museums are becoming a reality. Over the years, they have been adapting to new times and audiences by fully digitalizing their collections and providing detailed information on each piece. In fact, the most important art galleries in Spain are very active on social media.

Here are some recommendations about the “Big Three” museums in Madrid to keep learning and appreciating art from home. 

Sit back, relax... and enjoy! 

 
 
 

Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum

#ThyssenDesdeCasa #Thyssenmultimedia

This museum keeps within its walls one of the world’s largest private collection of art, with invaluable pieces, and offers a wide range of multimedia resources:

#Thyssenmultimedia includes videos in which curators provide interesting explanations of their exhibitions. This resource also allows users to listen to recordings of conferences and workshops; watch behind-the-scenes videos featuring interviews, lectures and technical studies; take a virtual tour of the entire building; and visit both the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.

ConectaThyssen is a digital projects laboratory that tells the stories of the art in the museum through free online publications, videos and apps such as Second Canvas Thyssen.

ARTE.TV is an online library that includes material such as documentaries from the public service European cultural channel, Arte. Content is available in English, Spanish and other languages.

If we had to choose just one picture from the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, it would be...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening, by Salvador Dalí (1944)

This surrealist painting was one of the few pieces completed by Dalí during his stay in the United States, where he lived from 1941 to 1948. This oneiric creation is one of Dalí’s tributes to Freud’s work. 

Freud, impressed by Dalí after meeting him in 1938, commented on the Catalonian’s technical mastery:

“I was inclined to look upon the surrealists, who have apparently chosen me as their patron saint, as absolute cranks. The young Spaniard, however, with his candid fanatical eyes and his undeniable technical mastery, has made me reconsider my opinion.” 

 
 
 

Prado Museum

#MyPrado #MiPrado #PradoContigo

The Museo Nacional del Prado created the My Prado program, which harnesses the strength of social media to maintain a connection with the public. Follow their daily live broadcasts (Instagram / Twitter / Facebook) at 10 am Central European time, when the museum opens to the public, with explanations by different curators. 

Visit the Prado’s online digital archives and library to keep exploring the museum’s world-class collection. 

If we had to choose just one picture from the Prado Museum, it would be...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Las Meninas, by Diego Velázquez (1656)

It may sound cliché, but it is probably the most puzzling painting in History of Art, a discontinuity in the value of painting and representation. Michael Foucault, in The Order of Things, analyzed it: 

“As soon as they place the spectator in the field of their gaze, the painter's eyes seize hold of him, force him to enter the picture, assign him a place at once privileged and inescapable, levy their luminous and visible tribute from him, and project it upon the inaccessible surface of the canvas within the picture. He sees his invisibility made visible to the painter and transposed into an image forever invisible to himself.” 

Do you want to know more about Meninas? Here is a humorous approach to Velazquez’s work, with a punch of trap and social critique.

 
 
 

Reina Sofía Museum

#ElReinaEnCasa

The MNCARS remains open online so you can still enjoy its Contemporary Art repository. To offer new ways to discover its collection, the museum also presents two microsites:

Rethinking Guernica. A novel way to approach Picasso’s twentieth-century masterpiece through the extensive research conducted on the artwork by the Museo Reina Sofía.

Radio from Reina Sofía Museum. The sounds heard in this space not only seek to offer an acoustic version of the museum experience, but also aspire to become new continents that are able to amplify the notions of collection, exhibition and debate.

If we had to choose just one picture from the Reina Sofía Museum, it would be...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Un mundo, by Ángeles Santos (1929)

Watch here how it was restored. Ut pictura poiesis, Un mundo, by Ángeles Santos, was inspired by Juan Ramón Jiménez’s poem Alba

“[...] Vague mauve angels / were putting out the green stars / A calm ribbon / of soft violets / lovingly embraced / the pale Earth.”

This painting is a masterpiece, halfway between the proposals of Surrealism and the poetics of Magic Realism in a male-dominated scene. 

 
 
 
 
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