Location Country: Spain

The severe exterior of this palace complex belies its highly decorative interior, once filled with art.

El Escorial, Spain

Virgin from Ger (detail)
Delicate and brightly colored, this statue from Spain combines elegance with solidity, the human with the divine.

Virgin from Ger

Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez, Las Meninas - detail
This puzzling painting about painting is half genre scene, half family portrait. But what’s on the large canvas?

Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas

Pablo Picasso, Guernica - detail
Paintings of this size had historically exalted war, but this one suggests that war is anything but heroic.

Pablo Picasso, Guernica