Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, named after its founder, is the third most important museums in Madrid. It is located behind the Prado Museum, Paseo del Prado, one of Madrid’s main boulevards. As known to be part of the “Golden Triangle of Art”, which also includes Prado Museum and Reina Sofia national gallery, it is part of a certain location where 3 historic museums are located. With the uniqueness of its collections, no competition among the Golden Triangle of Art museums exists. Overall, it completes the gap that the two other museums within the area are missing making them “Golden”. Some of the unique works that the museum has is the Italian primitives and the masters of Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and other trends of 20th century.
The role of the art is greatly embodied by the museum making it a museum where you can experience the greatness of art and its meaning. Over 1600 prestige painting collections can be seen in this Museum. It is located in central Madrid where you can get to easily by subway taking off in Banco de España Metro Station (Line 2). Also, there is a route for the buses the passes in Paseo del Prado.
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum started in the early 1920s when first Heinrich, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon first indulged himself in the collection and buying of unique art works from American millionaires that are greatly affected by the Great Depression. Villahermosa Palace which was built way back from the 18th century became the stronghold of first Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon collections.
The style of this palace is patterned in Madrilenian Baroque style where the red bricks greatly dominate among the grey granites. All the collections were privately collected by the late first Baron with help from his father August Thyssen’s deep enthusiasm on historical sculptures. Followed by the late second Baron, Hans expanded the collection more.
When late second Baron Hans married Carmen Cervera, a popular Spanish model, he decided to be outright on the future of his collection and came in agreement with the Spanish Government to open up a museum. In 1992, the museum was inaugurated and is now considered as an important part of the cultural heritage of Madrid, Spain. Up to date, the museum was enhanced and enlarged by adding a modern building that serves as the main entrance. The Baroness, Carmen Cervera remains involved in the welfare of the museum. She recently proclaimed her disagreement with the point of views of the Spanish Government resulting to her decision to the possible relocation of the collection away from Madrid.
One of the unique masterpiece collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum includes works by Italian primitives. Other works include masterpieces from the Trecento and the Quattrocento (14th and 15th centuries), by Duccio (‘Christ and The Samaritan Woman’), Simone Martini (‘St. Peter’), Fran Angelico (‘The Virgin of Humility’) or Piero della Francesca (‘Portrait Of A Boy’), unique among other museums.
Also, works from English, Dutch and German schools are well represented within the museum by making their own role in portraying their origin and the uniqueness of their art. These works include the German Renaissance, Albrecth Dürer work named ‘Jesus Among The Doctors’ and Hans Holbein the Younger with ‘Portrait of Edward VIII of England.’ Flemish school presented Jan Van Eyck’s (‘The Annunciation Diptych’) and Hans Memling’s (various portraits) works within the museum.
Admirable paintings such as Peter Paul Rubens’ (‘Venus And Cupid’, ‘Portrait Of A Young Woman With A Rosary’), Rembrandt’s (‘Self-Portrait Wearing A Hat And Two Chains’), great Italian works such as Titian’ (‘The Virgin And The Child’), Tiepolo (‘The Death Of Hyacinthus’), Caravaggio (‘Saint Catherine Of Alexandra’) and Tintoretto (‘The Meeting Of Tamara And Juda’) are also collections you shouldn’t miss. With collection from Italian primitives, and different schools, the museum is also well known for the collection from the late Impressionism and Post-Impressionism period. Some of works from this period include: Edouard Manet (‘Horsewoman’), Claude Monet (‘Charing Cross Bridge’), Camile Pisarro (‘The Woods Of Marly’) and Vincent Van Gogh (‘The Stevedores In Arles’). Lastly, you shouldn’t miss one of the masterpieces of renowned Pablo Picasso from his Cubism period, ‘Head Of A Man’.