In part one of this blog we visited the Louvre, the Hermitage and the Smithsonian and now it is time to take another artistic look at some of the other great museums and galleries that exist in England, Spain and the USA.
The British Museum – England
Situated in the very heart of historical London is one of the largest collections of ethnography and archaeology in the world. The British Museum is home to over eight million exhibits that span the history of the world since ancient times to present day.
Visiting this world recognized museum it is possible to see prehistoric bones, artifacts from Athens and wonderful gold jewels from Assyria.
Must see items are any of the antiquities from ancient Egypt, especially the Rosetta Stone circa 196 B.C.
The Prado – Spain
The Prado is one of the finest art galleries in the world, mostly due to the kind patronage of the Spanish Royal Family. The great kings and queens of Spain over hundreds of years have contributed donating fabulous works of art gathered from all over the world, as well as from famous Spanish painters.
People visiting the Prado can enjoy works by, Ribera, Valazquez, Zurbaran and Goya. The specialist Italian collections are of extra special interest including works by Raphael and Titian.
Items of particular interest are, the Three Graces.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – USA
The Met as it is called by New Yorker’s is the largest museum in the whole of the Western Hemisphere. Its exhibits cover from antiquity to present day, and there are over two million of them to see.
Based in New York City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an American institution and has a simply stunning collection of European paintings from the likes of, Rodin, Vermeer, Botticelli, Rembrandt and Degas.
As well as the fine works from Europe there is a whole wing devoted to American art, this wing contains art and craft from nearly all of the great North American artists.
One of the best exhibits at the Met is Adam and Eve an engraving by Albrecht Durer.
The Vatican Museums – Italy
If you are familiar with the hit film Angels & Demons, then you would have seen the hero Robert Langdon rummaging through one of the largest collections of religious art in the world. He was visiting the museum at the Vatican in Rome, which is actually twenty-two separate collections.
Possibly the two most famous collections are the Raphael Rooms and the Museo Pio-Clementino. Pride of place is the amazing Sistine Chapel of course painted by Michelangelo.
Other great exhibits include the Egyptian artifacts in the Museo Gregoriano.
These great houses of art are some of the best in the world, visiting any one of the magnificent institutions would enrich your life on so many levels. Not only do they house great and thought-provoking art, the buildings themselves are also monuments to architecture.
Some of these great museums and galleries have been in existence for hundreds of years and have not only been museums. It is fitting that such grand buildings have a purpose in life, to preserve art in its many forms for future generations to enjoy.