Art and travel.
Traveling to another country is a real adventure, an event that will remain in your memory for a lifetime. In addition to fantastic landscapes and architectural monuments, most tourists dream of visiting famous museums and galleries in order to see masterpieces of talented artists. Let’s consider the best places to combine art and travel.
The National Gallery, London
The National Gallery in London contains a unique collection of English and Western European paintings. It is situated on Trafalgar Square, in the heart of London. Here you can see the masterpieces of Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Titian, Rubens, Canaletto, Durer, Thomas Lawrence, William Hogarth and many other world famous artists. The gallery exhibits portraits of the royal family painted by the most famous masters of the 12-19 centuries.
The National Gallery was founded in 1824, at the time when the first collection of 38 paintings was purchased. For many centuries it has been replenished with new canvases, many of which were generously donated by patrons of the arts.
Nowadays, the gallery includes more than 2500 paintings, dating to the period from 13 to 20 century. For convenience of art and travel lovers, all pictures are displayed in chronological order that allows the better understanding of events of a particular era.
Old Masters Picture Gallery, Dresden
A large picture gallery is a unique attraction of Dresden. Make sure to include this place in your list. The fact is that Old Masters Gallery is a main sight, a kind of symbol of the city. Its most famous painting is “Sistine Madonna” by Raphael, which has been exhibited here for more than 250 years.
The Old Masters Gallery was founded in the 16th century by King Frederick the Wise. However, the first art and travel fans had the opportunity to see the canvases only in the 19th century. Unfortunately, many famous paintings have been lost or stolen during World War II and the gallery itself has been subjected to heavy bombardments.
Today, visitors of the Dresden Picture Gallery can enjoy the most valuable works of Titian, Rubens, Albrecht Durer, Poussin, Velasquez and other talented painters.
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Here art and travel lovers are able to admire impressive collection of great masterpieces created by Italian sculptors and painters. 40 rooms with the canvases of Raphael, Titian, Hayes, Caravaggio as well as Flemish painters of different centuries create a stunning effect.
Planning an excursion to the Brera Art Gallery, keep in mind that one or two hours definitely will not be enough to get acquainted with the entire exhibition. If you do not have time, start your excursion with two impressive restorations: the three-meter statue of the Emperor Napoleon by Antonio Canova that weighs more than 2 tons; and the painting “The Marriage of the Virgin” by Raphael.
The gallery was founded in 1809 by the order of Queen Maria Theresa of Austria. It is located in the Palazzo Brera near the astronomical observatory and the public academy of fine arts.