What to see at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid: timetables, prices and tips

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Important picture gallery on the Paseo del Prado in Madrid, is mainly the result of private collection of the family of the German-Hungarian magnate Thyssen Bornemisza who, after his marriage to a Spanish woman, took his collection to the Villahermosa building. After various agreements between the barons and the government, the art gallery was opened to the public in 1992 and the entire apparatus was purchased by the Spanish state in 1993, which separated some works and placed them in other museums, leaving all the pictorial part in Madrid.


  1. What to see and how to visit Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum
  2. Piazza San Marco Towards the Basilica
  3. Saint Catherine of Alexandria
  4. Portrait of a schoolboy
  5. Twelve-year-old Christ among the Doctors
  6. Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni
  7. Madonna with Child
  8. Crucifixion
  9. Sunset landscape
  10. Annunciation
  11. Dancer bowed in the Garden
  12. Hours and prices
  13. Online tickets and guided tours
  14. User questions and comments

What to see and how to visit Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

About 800 works are present on two of the three floors of the eighteenth-century building that houses the picture gallery, while a very large area is dedicated to temporary exhibitions of world caliber.

The permanent collection highlights the history of the European painting from the Middle Ages to the th century with works ranging from German Renaissance to Mannerism, from Impressionism to baroque and rococo up to the wonders of the Italian fourteenth century. The top floor offers the visitor a moment of relaxation, with the panoramic terrace and the coffee bar. It is difficult to suggest the best pieces when talking about Gauguin, Cézanne, Picasso, Klee, Hopper, Bacon and other masters of the pictorial art, so it is advisable to take the time necessary for each work that this extraordinary container offers.

1 - Piazza San Marco Towards the Basilica

Canaletto's work dated 1723. In this oil on canvas painting, the artist depicts Piazza San Marco with the Basilica in the background with strong attention to truth and realism which leads him to highlight the contrast between the buildings and the merchants' stalls. Great attention is also given to atmospheric conditions, which represent the arrival of the storm but which still leave the bell tower illuminated by the sun's rays.

  • creation date: 1723
  • Author: Canaletto
  • Dimensions: 141,5x204,5 cm
  • Technique of the work: oil painting on canvas

2 - Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Work by Caravaggio from 1597. Oil painting on canvas where it seems that the Saint has the face of a prostitute, with whom the artist had fallen madly in love. The facial expression is very lively, as are the eyes and posture highlighted by the light. The tones are dark and in contrast with the white of the Santa's shirt.

  • creation date: 1597
  • Author: Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio
  • Dimensions: 173x133 cm
  • Technique of the work: oil painting on canvas

3 - Portrait of a Schoolboy

Work by Correggio from 1525, oil on canvas. The few portraits made by Correggio give this painting an additional value. The canvas shows the bust of a middle-aged man on a green background, turned three-quarters to the right with a hat and magistrate's robe. The man has an elongated face with a pointed beard and pronounced cheekbones and nose. The light brings out the subject well despite the tones are very dark and with a black background.

  • creation date: 1525
  • Author: The Correggio
  • Dimensions: 55X40 cm
  • Technique of the work: oil painting on canvas

4 - Twelve-year-old Christ among the Doctors

Durer work of 1506, oil on panel. Painted during a stay in Venice by the artist, it shows a series of characters, old wise men with inquisitive faces who surround a Jesus with a sad face. The hands in the center of the painting are very particular and the subject of a deep study, which almost do not give precise references.

  • creation date: 1506
  • Author: Albrecht Dürer
  • Dimensions: 65X80 cm
  • Technique of the work: oil painting on canvas

5 - Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni

Work by Ghirlandaio from 1488, tempera on wood painted after the death of the artist's wife. In the background there is a dark wall, with a sideboard and some objects and in the foreground the portrait of the noblewoman seen in profile, in an upright pose of great dignity. The work is considered one of the most beautiful female portraits of the Florentine fifteenth century.

  • creation date: 1488
  • Author: Domenico Ghirlandaio
  • Dimensions: 77X49 cm
  • Technique of the work: oil painting on canvas

6 - Madonna with Child

Work by Titian from 1528, oil on canvas. In front of a green curtain, Mary hugs Jesus, smiling at the observer. She sits on a bed with a blue blanket and wears a red dress that highlights the work's richness of color. Although the opinions of the experts are conflicting, this picture has been attributed to Titian.

  • creation date: 1528
  • Author: Titian
  • Dimensions: 281X195 cm
  • Technique of the work: oil painting on canvas

7 - Crucifixion

Work by Paolo Uccello dated 1457, tempera on wood. Against the backdrop of a very harsh landscape, with a mountain in the center and others on the sides, stands the crucifix, flanked by four saints. John the Baptist, the Madonna, John the Evangelist, and St. Francis are recognized. In the center, in the foreground, a pale and suffering Jesus on the cross.

  • creation date: C. 1457-1458
  • Author: Paolo Uccello
  • Dimensions: 46 × 67 cm
  • Technique of the work: oil painting on canvas

8 - Landscape at Sunset

Work by Vincent Van Gogh from 1885, oil on canvas. It represents a landscape of Neuen, the residence of the painter's parents between 1883 and 1885. The tones in the foreground are dark up to the borderline of the sky at sunset, where the yellow so dear to the artist and orange prevail.

  • creation date: 1885
  • Author: Vincent van Gogh
  • Dimensions: 35x43 cm
  • Technique of the work: oil painting on canvas

9 - Annunciation

Work by Van Eyck from 1440, oil on panel. Example of how van Eyck, you often renounce the use of colors to create figures as living statues, composed only of the use of white and black. The two protagonists are depicted on pedestals and the light that hits them creates the effects of the relief, creating optical illusions with plays of shadows. The inscription on the frame bears the words of the Archangelo and of Maria.

  • creation date: 1440
  • Author: Jan van Eyck
  • Dimensions: 39x24 cm
  • Technique of the work: oil on the table

10 - Ballerina bowed in the garden

Degas work from 1878, pastel on canvas. One of the many paintings in the "Le Ballerine" series, this painting is an impressionist riot of colors, with the subject in an almost unnatural position that captivates the observer and makes the painting much more particular than the works of other masters of the same historical period. .

  • creation date: 1878
  • Author: Degas
  • Dimensions:
  • Technique of the work: pastel on canvas

Hours and prices

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00 - closed on Monday
  • Best time to avoid queues: Madrid is a city that wakes up late, but to avoid queues at the entrances it is advisable to show up at the tills when they open
  • full € 9,00; full + temporary € 13,00; audio guide + € 1,00 - Skip the line and buy your ticket online
  • Reductions: € 6,00 (over 65, pensioners, students, Academy of Fine Arts professors and members of large families); reduced + temporary exhibitions € 9,00
  • Free: under 12, disabled, unemployed

Online tickets and guided tours

Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 10:00
  2. Buy the city card: Paseo del Arte (Art Walk Pass) is a combined ticket that entitles you to access the Thyssen-Bornemisza, Prado Museum and Reina Sofia at a cost of € 30,00 - Buy Online
  3. Priority ticket: the purchase of the ticket including the temporary exhibition also gives the right to priority access
  4. Watch out for restrictions: small bags can be brought into the museum after the check at the entrance, while backpacks and bulky bags must be left in the cloakroom. The use of photographic equipment is not allowed
  5. Minimum time: the visit of the permanent collection takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: from Atocha Cercanias train station, the museum is about 1,3 km and can be reached on foot in less than 20 minutes - Get directions
  • By bus: to reach the museum from the station you can use the city bus line n ° 10, n ° 27 and n ° 37 at the cost of each way, taking 15 minutes. The single ticket costs € 1,50.
  • By metro: from Atocha Cercanias you can get there by metro line 1 Madrid Banco de Espana stop in approx. The single ticket costs € 1,50.

Historical notes and curiosities: what to know in brief

After arriving in Madrid, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza sought accommodation for his impressive private collection and, thanks to the mediation of his Spanish wife, he agreed with the Spanish government for the accommodation in the Villahermosa palace for a sustainable but tied rent. to the public use of the works. At the end of the five years, the government bought 775 pieces for $ 350 million.

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