7 Centuries Of European Art
The Thyssen-Bornemisza museum (often shortened to The Thyssen) boasts a huge collection of European paintings, dating from the Middle Ages through to the late 20th century. With over 1.000 works of art on display, it’s considered one of the most important private art collections in the world.
The Baron’s Private Collection
Baron Henrich Thyssen-Bornemisza spent a lifetime searching for European masterpieces, and decided to move his collection to Spain when the house he stored it in – Vila Favorita in Lugano, Switzerland – became too small. Although initially on loan to the state, the Spanish government bought it over in 1993.
Easy To Navigate In An Afternoon
As it is quite a lot smaller than the Prado Museum, visitors who have a shorter amount of time in Madrid enjoy visiting the Thyssen. It has a clean and simple layout with light open spaces, and works of art by masters such as Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rubens. You can check their website for upcoming temporary exhibitions.