1 Was Guernica in the Meadow?

So is. The Guernica was commissioned by the Government of the Republic for the Universal Exhibition of Paris of 1937. After its closure, he began a journey through different countries. First, its creator decided to take care of the MoMa of NY until Spain regained a democratic system. He finally returned to Spain in 1981, and was exposed in the Meadow, in the Casón del Buen Retiro, until 1992, when he moved to the newly created Reina Sofía Museum.

2 A movie portrait

Around 1902, the sculptor Mariano Benlliure made a bust of Goya inspired by the portrait that the painter had done to Vicente López. This same bust, preserved in the museum, served as inspiration to elaborate the award that is given today to the winners at the Goya gala of Spanish cinema.

3 A gift from Franco to Hitler?

It must be said that this is a legend, but it could have reality. It is said that the work La Marquesa de Santa Cruz was bought by the dictator Franco to give it to Hitler during his interview in Hendaye. In the instrument that carries the marquise many believe they see a swastika drawn.

4 The toilet of Ferdinand VII

What today is the 39 room of the Museo Del Meadow It was, in the 19th century, The Rest Cabinet of His Majesties. This was a room that included a small room for the hygiene of kings, which was called "toilet of his Majesty in the Royal Museum". Today, this space preserves the marble floor and decorative wall paintings.

5 The golden cough

The golden cough is a badge consisting of a Golden ram hanging from a necklace. It belonged to a cavalry order instituted by Philip the Good in 1430. Finally, it ended up falling to Carlos V and was linked to the Spanish Crown. So, in the museum It is possible to find this golden twist in several paintings representing the royal family.

6 The smallest works of El Meadow

In the Museum of Meadow we can find a collection of miniatures. These are small paintings, between the 20 and the 200 millimeters, which used to represent portraits and that served as a gift among European courts.

7 Rubens and astronomy

Rubens reflected in his works some of the revolutionary observations of heaven made by Galileo. For example, the blue background of 'The Birth of the Milky Way' reflects the multitude of stars in the galaxy that had gone unnoticed until then. Also, in 'Saturn devouring his children are included three bright bodies, like the ones Galileo observed when pointing his telescope at this ringed planet.

8 Did you know that He Meadow Don't have an 13 room?

Next to the 12 room, dedicated to Velázquez's painting, Room 13 was not included due to superstition. For this same reason, phobia or irrational fear of the number 13We also did not find the 13 bus in El Centro de Madrid, and this seat number was replaced by the 12 bis seat on the airplanes.

9. The Meadow on fire

On November 25 of 1891, Mariano de Cavia recounts in the newspaper El Liberal a fire that would have destroyed most of the museum's works. Many people from Madrid went to Paseo Del Meadow to verify that there was no such fire; It was an invention of the author to denounce the abandonment of the facilities.
El Meadow yes he suffered a fire, known as the Alcazar fire during Christmas Eve of 1734. One of the paintings that suffered the most damage was El Triunfo de Baco, from Ribera, which was divided into 3 fragments, and today 2 is exposed.

10 The fake Gioconda

In 2011 it was discovered in El Meadow an interesting background behind the varnish of the “false Mona Lisa”, which could have been painted in Leonardo da Vinci's studio at the same time as the “original” that the French Louvre museum conserves. Everything indicates that it is about a replica painted by one of Leonardo's favorite pupils.
And these are some of the many curiosities of Prado Museum, which has been housing one of the most important pictorial collections of humanity for 200 years, and which is closely linked to the history of Spain. Which of these did you find the most curious?
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