Home to one of the finest private collections of art in the world, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum offers a vivid illustration of how western art has developed from the 13th to the 20th century.
It is located on Madrid’s grand boulevard Paseo del Prado, and together with the Prado and Reina Sofia galleries, it forms the iconic “Golden Triangle of Art”.
The museum is housed in a beautiful 19th century Neo-classical mansion (Villahermosa Palace) and focuses on the private collections of art of Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his son, Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza.
From outstanding medieval pieces to the cubism and Pop Art of the 20th century, visitors have the chance to discover works by some of the world’s greatest artists, including van Gogh, Titian, Caravaggio, Picasso, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, or Monet.
Among the most representative styles in the museum are Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and Romanticism, but in addition to the extraordinary paintings, there can also be found a series of sculptures and decorative objects.
The remarkable collection is conveniently arranged on three floors with the oldest works on top, which makes the museum very easy to navigate.
Some of the highlights of Thyssen Bornemisza Museum include the Portrait of King Henry VIII by Holbein the Younger, Van Gogh’s Les Vessenots, The Thaw at Véthueil by Monet, Renoir’s Woman with a Parasol in a Garden, and the charming Rue Saint-Honoré in the Afternoon by Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro.
In 2004, more than 200 artworks belonging to the private collection of Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza have been brought to the museum.