The country of Spain has long been the homeland of many famous artists. Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali are just two of the modern artists who were from that beautiful country. Both Goya and Velazquez were Spanish. El Greco was yet another famous painter who hailed from this beautiful land. In keeping with the artistic heritage fostered by a long history of artists, there are a great many art museums in Spain. Madrid and Barcelona are two cities that feature museums known across the world.
Madrid is not only the capital city of Spain, but it sits nearly in the center of the country. It is home to millions of its citizens who enjoy its many parks, restaurants and plazas. It is also home to the Museu Nacional El Prado. This is Spain's premiere museum that was originally constructed for the royal family. It houses many works of art by both Spanish artists and old masters from other European countries. This is just one of the famous museums in Madrid.
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. It is located on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, just south of the French border. For this reason, much of the Catalonian way of life is different from that of mainstream Spain. The Catalonians have their own language and culture. The largest art museum in Barcelona is the Museo Nacional d'Art de Catalunya. It has long been the pride and joy of the city's inhabitants. If features a large collection of Catalonian art as well as many of the works of European masters.
There are a great many museums in Spain. Art museums are only a part of the collections housed in this beautiful Mediterranean country. Museums that focus on the beauty of architecture are also prevalent and should be enjoyed by visitors and those seeking to learn more about art and history.