Spring Break 2013 in a Museum?
A list went out earlier this week of “100 Museums to See Before You Die” which got me thinking about my next trip. While this particular list of museums is in no way exhaustive (no Egyptian Museum, no Chicago Art Institute, etc, etc!), it made me realize there are huge clusters of amazing museums I’ve never seen because there are many major international cities I still haven’t visited. I’m itching for an easy to plan “Spring Break” and what better way to spend a potentially rainy week in March than in museums! My only problem is deciding where to go….
The major international museum all seem to have some of the Spanish greats, but if you really want to see a collection of them, you have to visit them at home. There is an enviously high number of El Greco, Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera, Goya and glorious Velaquez paintings at the Museo del Prado, the national Spanish art museum. This institution seems like a shrine to the earthy toned, emotionally intense and naturalistic style that flourished in Spain spanning approximately 200 years. Their 15 Masterpiece list is impressive! I will also need to see the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza which houses a well-rounded collection of Italian, Northern Renaissance and Spanish paintings. At this rate, I’ll had better book a simple hostel and save all my money for museum admissions, reproduction poster and tapas!
London, United Kingdom
Given the density of museums, it may be possible to a spend an entire week in London completely in museums (which is a shame because the city is suppose to be quite fun). I think I would start in the British Museum with their fantastic Egyptian collection, Middle Eastern galleries and the original Parthenon marbles. I would have to admire the impressive of European paintings in the National Gallery including Leonardo da Vinci’s second copy of the Virgin of the Rocks. When I’m ready for more 19th century work and the lovely Pre-Raphaelites, there’s the Tate Britain. Another day could be spend comparing historical objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum with the creative, contemporary objects at the Design Museum. Then if I still have time, I would like to visit the recently redeveloped Museum of London to see the history and archaeology of a city active since the prehistoric era.
I have no doubt that the museums of Madrid and London would keep me busy. Hopefully I will be able to pick on city in the next few weeks and will be off on a museum-filled Spring Break!
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