One of the most wonderful things Madrid has to offer is ART. Madrid is home to some of the most amazing and well known art museums in the world: the Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen. They often host exhibits for some of the worlds most famous artists, which makes for lucky and cultured Madrileños!
I love slowly puttering through the exhibits because really, when am I ever going to see a painting in a museum from Tokyo, another from NYC and another from Edinburgh all in the same place at the same time again?! I went last year to a Monet abstract exhibit in the Reina Sofia (way cool to see the Monet paintings I grew up seeing as a kid in the Art Institute of Chicago in Madrid!!!) and was thrilled to hear about the Renoir exhibit that has recently opened up here in Madrid. The exhibit, ´Passion for Renoir´ will run from Oct. 19 to Feb. 6 at the Museo del Prado. The exhibit is open from Tuesday to Sunday 9 am to 8 pm, and the ticket price is 8 euros, and 4 euros for seniors and students. One my personal favorite attributes within Renoir´s style of painting is his color richness, blending and contrast. This painting, ´The Letter´, which is normally housed in Massachusetts, is on loan at the Prado for the exhibit. To see it firsthand, click here for more info and location.