A treasure trove of European Art: Museums you can’t miss

 Saturday, August 20, 2022 

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Europe has produced some of the greatest minds in history and is a cauldron of artistic treasures. Blessed with magnificent natural scenery, gorgeous seascapes, and breathtaking locations, but beneath that beauty lies so much history and heritage that is maintained in Europe’s top museums. Rembrandt to Renoir, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Monet to Manet, here is a couple of not-to-be missed museums:

  1. Louvre Museum in Paris, France

The Louvre Museum, the greatest art and antiquities museum in Europe with 35,000 pieces on show. Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” charms throngs of visitors with her enigmatic and mysterious smile, and is without a doubt the most well-known piece in the Louvre. The must-see attractions here include the “Fayum Mummy Portrait,” “Portrait of an Old Man and His Grandson,” “Nike of Samothrace,” “Dying Slave,” several Napoleon pictures, etc. Over 9.7 million local and international people visit the museum annually.

  1. The British Museum in London, England

It is a prime example of London’s multiculturalism, chronicling the history of human culture from its origins to the present with more than 8 million items devoted to human history, art, and culture. Over 6 million people visit the museum each year to see iconic items including the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies.

  1. National Museum in Prague, Czech Republic

Situated at the very top of Wenceslas Square in Prague, it displays ongoing exhibits on history and arts. The interior is stunning – akin to a lovely palace, but smaller and with four levels . The floor to ceiling windows render it a brand-new, singular perspective of Wenceslas Square and while here, one simply can’t run out of artworks to marvel at!

  1. Prado in Madrid, Spain

Due to its impressive collection of over 2,300 European paintings, numerous sculptures, prints, drawings, and other works of art, it is one of the most well-known art museums in Europe. The museum’s collections include works of art from Spain, Italy, and Belgium. The largest collection of Spanish artefacts in existence dates from the early 20th century and is housed in the museum. Diego Velazquez’s “Las Meninas,” Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” and Francisco de Goya’s “Saturn Devouring His Son” are among the museum’s primary attractions. 

  1. Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Rijksmuseum collection is focused on Dutch works of art from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, including paintings, prints, drawings, history, sculpture, and applied arts. Additionally, a sizable and significant collection of Asian objects as well as other foreign artworks, such as furniture, drawings, and paintings, are present.

  1. Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden

One of the most picturesque offbeat destinations to visit in Europe is Stockholm, home to the Vasa Museum -a marine and historical museum. The 17th-century warship that sank on its inaugural voyage in 1628 right in front of Stockholm’s beach is now housed there. Additionally, the museum has a sizable collection of nautical items on display.

  1. Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia

With more than three million items, featuring a variety of exhibitions covering everything from ancient history to modern art. One of the best collections of artwork from the Dutch Golden Ages may be found in the museum, along with several well-known Renaissance works. While in Saint Petersburg, visitors can also check out the Menshikov Palace residence, the Porcelain Museum, the Staraya Derevnya storage facility, and the eastern wing of the General Staff Building.

  1. Museum Island in Berlin, Germany

Within its five temple-like structures are a unique mix of galleries and museums. Museum Island received UNESCO World Heritage classification in 1999 for its treasures, which span 6,000 years of human history. The Pergamon Museum, the largest and newest museum on Museum Island, is home to a top-notch collection of classical antiquities from Greece and Rome as well as a noteworthy collection of Middle Eastern art.

  1. Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy

The museum is home to a collection of both paintings and sculptures from the 13th to the 18th century. The main highlights of the museum are “Birth of Venus” and “La Primavera” by Sandro Botticelli, “Doni Tondo” by Michelangelo, “Madonna of the Goldfinch” by Raphael, “Bacchus and Medusa” by Caravaggio, and “Venus of Urbino” by Titian.

  1. Art History Museum in Vienna, Austria

The museum is well-known for housing the world’s largest Bruegel collection, but it also boasts an extensive painting gallery that includes Raphael’s “Madonna in the Meadow,” Vermeer’s “The Allegory of Painting,” Velazquez’s Infanta paintings, and countless masterpieces by Rembrandt, Dürer, Rubens, Tintoretto, and Titian.

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