• 07-FEB-2012

  • SOURCE: Thyssen Museum

Thyssen Museum (Madrid): Permanent Collections

Duccio, Van Eyck, Carpaccio, Lucas Cranach, Dürer, Caravaggio, Rubens, Frans Hals, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Kirchner, Mondrian, Klee, Hopper, and Rauschenberg are among the great names of Art History whose works can be seen in the Palacio deVillahermosa, home of the Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Located almost opposite the Museo del Prado and very close to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, this Museum, housed in a palace re-modelled by the architect Rafael Moneo, was the previously missing element whose arrival completed the city's "art triangle". With the additional presence in Madrid of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, the most important private collection of art in the world until June 1993 when it was acquired by the Spanish State for 350 million dollars, few cities can offer more to the art enthusiast.

Comprising almost 1,000 paintings and incorporating the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection since 2004, the Museum's collection offers a complete survey of European painting from its origins in the 13th century to the late 20th century. Through a chronological arrangement, the visitor can follow the most important trends and movements in paintings starting with the Italian Primitives led by Duccio and concludingwith late Surrealism and the development of the Pop aesthetic in the 1960s as well as work by painters who have continued the figurative tradition up to the present day.