Academy of Fine Arts

San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts visitors will find a true treasure trove of works to admire, including pieces by such renowned Spanish masters as El Greco, Velazquez, and Sorolla. The entire collection showcases European art in general, with specific attention being paid to Spanish, Italian, and Flemish artists. In addition to more than 1,500 paintings, the Fine Arts Academy in Madrid also features hundreds of sculptures, and worth noting is the fact that the likes of Picasso and Dali once studied here. Just a short walk from the Puerta del Sol is all that is required to get to this renowned museum, and the admission prices are relatively low.

A wonderful museum by all accounts, Madrid's Fine Arts Academy often gets overlooked by tourists, thanks to the Prado and the city's other sensational art museums. If you like art, this is one attraction that you won't want to miss while hanging out in the Spanish capital, however. The academy itself was founded in 1752, and located in a restored seventeenth-century palace. The building itself is part of the allure. As for the museum's impressive collection, it features works that span from the 1500s to the present. The numerous paintings by Francisco Goya figure among the many highlights, and they include a few portraits, some of which are self portraits. You can also view a renowned Goya painting that has bull fighting as the subject. Goya once served as a director at the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

The list of names for artists whose works are on display at the Fine Arts Academy in Madrid is a verifiable who's who of renowned European artists from the past. If you want to learn more about these artists and the works that are on display, guided tours are offered at 11 a.m. on all days and at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. The museum hours vary by day, and during the siesta hours, the museum closes, reopening in the evening. Wednesdays are free at the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. If you can't make it on Wednesday, the normal general admission fees are low. The museum is not hard to find since it is right in the heart of town. Sevilla or Sol are the closest Metro stops.

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