The Prado in Madrid has one of the great collections in Europe, but don't miss the remarkable MNAC — it's filled with Catalonian art, most remarkably the 1000-year-old Romanesque frescoes removed from churches in remote regions for protection.
The sculptor Martínez Montañés was the “God of Wood,” but it’s the painter Pacheco who brought this work to life.
The severe exterior of this palace complex belies its highly decorative interior, once filled with art.
These statues of the Virgin and Child often held relics. Designed to be mobile, they starred in parades and plays.
Delicate and brightly colored, this statue from Spain combines elegance with solidity, the human with the divine.
Wild! Everything seems transient in this otherworldly scene, but El Greco’s bold colors stay with us.
Ribera depicts the moment before St. Philip’s death, yet the martyr’s body distorts and collapses before our eyes.
With its sumptuous foliage and gold detail, this painting celebrates the decorative and captures the spiritual.
Mantegna’s draped figures resurrect classical sculpture, but the landscape was from life—that’s Renaissance Mantua.
These frescoes covered the thick walls of a Romanesque church. Once isolated in the Pyrenees, they adorn a museum.
Romanesque sculptors adorned the tops of columns with bible stories. These scenes are bold, emotional, and direct.
This puzzling painting about painting is half genre scene, half family portrait. But what’s on the large canvas?
Goya depicts the king’s family in scintillating detail… but the sparkle of the monarchy is beginning to fade.