Photos of El Greco & Francisco Goya paintings in the Prado Museum + other Artists

Prado Museum - Christ Carrying the Cross by El Greco

Christ Carrying the Cross by El Greco
Christ Carrying the Cross by El Greco | Source


El Greco



Domenikos Theotokopoulos became well known world-wide as El Greco - The Greek. His magnificent works of art along with other masters such as Velazquez, Goya and many others can be found inside of the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.



Velazquez's works of art (the one's I photographed that day) have already been featured in another post.


As long as one does not use flash photography, pictures are allowed to be taken inside the Prado Museum.

This was amazing to us because in many museums no photography, flash or otherwise is allowed.



El Greco

El Greco paintings in Prado Museum

The Holy Trinity by  El Greco
The Holy Trinity by El Greco | Source
The Adoration of the Shepherds - 1612-1614 by El Greco
The Adoration of the Shepherds - 1612-1614 by El Greco | Source
Saint Sebastian by El Greco
Saint Sebastian by El Greco | Source
Baptism of Christ, 1596-1600 by El Greco
Baptism of Christ, 1596-1600 by El Greco | Source
The Annunciation by El Greco
The Annunciation by El Greco | Source

El Greco paintings

El Greco



This article will address the other photos taken inside the Prado Museum the day my husband and I took a tour many years ago.







Let me first say that the Prado is large and absolutely filled with wondrous works of art.


As I already mentioned in the Velazquez post, we left the museum after many hours of being absolutely transfixed in front of one amazing painting after another.


When we exited the Prado and went outside and discussed it, we agreed that we both felt as though we had experienced sensory overload.


My husband and I both appreciate art and have visited many museums in the past. This reaction was something new to both of us.








Besides the beauty and expertise of each painting and work of art, the sheer size of some of the paintings...especially the El Greco paintings perhaps added to our feelings of being overwhelmed.





Maybe it was the religious subject matter adding to the overall effect?



Suffice it to say...it left its mark on both of us.










If we ever return to Madrid, you can be sure that another visit to the Prado Museum will be on our list of desired things to do.






El Greco was born in Crete and was trained as an artist in Italy.



He had been a pupil of the artist Titian and in addition to being influenced by his teacher, Tintoretto and Michelangelo also affected the way he ultimately expressed himself on canvas.



He settled in Toledo, Spain when he was in his mid-thirties.



Great religious spirit dominated Spain during that era.






His massive canvasses are filled with paintings expressing his ideas of Christianity.



We saw a great number of them in the Prado Museum, but we also saw huge numbers of his masterpiece paintings that remain to this day in his adopted city of Toledo where he created many of them.



One thing that is striking in El Greco paintings and very recognizable is his use of elongated figures. This is realism with a twist all of his own creation.



Was this due to his zealous religious spirit being carried out in that dramatic way, or some astigmatism in his eyes affecting his vision? We can only speculate.



Standing in front of one of those extra large paintings with religious subject matter, the distorted body shapes assume even larger than life proportions. They are definitely awe inspiring!







The Style of Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya


The Prado Museum is the depository for Spanish art in the world that has no equal.

In addition to El Greco (who adopted Spain as his homeland) and Velazquez, Francisco Goya's works of art help fill the second floor of the Prado Museum with their individualized styles of what was transpiring in Spain during their lives.

Francisco Goya painting in Prado Museum / Dance on the Banks of the River Manzanares

Dance on the Banks of the River Manzanares, 1777 by Francisco de Goya
Dance on the Banks of the River Manzanares, 1777 by Francisco de Goya | Source

The Swing by Goya / Prado Museum

The Swing ( a Cartoon for a tapestry ) by Goya
The Swing ( a Cartoon for a tapestry ) by Goya | Source


The Catholic Church exerted much influence...in fact ruled the way people lived and died, having control over most of the lands and intellectual life.



Having gone through the Inquisition where suppression of heresy was the goal, religious fervour was still at an all time high in Toledo when El Greco painted his towering canvasses.



Velazquez had painted the Royalty in the Capitol of Spain during their waning days of power.

Goya's "Hunter with His Dog" painting / Prado Museum

Goya's "Hunter with His Dog"
Goya's "Hunter with His Dog" | Source



Francisco Goya came from a background of poverty and isolation.


Born in the desolate village of Fuendetodos in the province of Aragon on March 30, 1746, Goya ended up living in Madrid by the age of seventeen.


Like Velazquez, the background of his family was that of coming from the hidalgo class.


It was the lowest order of Spanish nobility but forbade its members to do any manual labor.


This was in a time of economic upheaval countrywide; poor sanitary conditions and stagnant living conditons in general. The Church's influence pretty much assured the continuance of just barely livable conditions. Most people's lives were pretty bleak.


Goya was able to get out of this mired existence by being an artist and painter and thus having some upward mobility. He grabbed the chance, and because he had talent, he succeeded.

The Parasol painting by Goya + a student's efforts at replication.

An artist inside the Prado trying to replicate Goya's painting, The Parasol, 1777
An artist inside the Prado trying to replicate Goya's painting, The Parasol, 1777 | Source

Francisco Goya

Painting by Francisco de Goya / The Clothed Maja (Prado Museum)

The Clothed Maja by Goya, 1797-98 * My hubby in front of the painting.
The Clothed Maja by Goya, 1797-98 * My hubby in front of the painting. | Source

Youtube showing multiple Goya creations


What we are able to see with Goya's paintings and etchings are a veracity of what was swirling around him and in his country of Spain...both the pretty and the ugly events and happenings.

Due to an illness, he became deaf at the age of 46.

Goya amazingly painted one of the best known nude paintings of the time. The Naked Maja and also the The Clothed Maja. Amazing for this reason...the Inquisition was still in full swing and he could have been jailed and his paintings banned. Speculation has it that one of his wealthy and influential patrons probably came to his defense and, in effect, rescued him from more dire results meted out from the Church.

Goya painted beautiful portraits of wealthy patrons.

He also painted grotesque creatures that showed the dark side of human nature.


Francisco Goya art certainly engages one. His creations foreshadowed the modern art movement.


Francisco Goya paintings of women (set to music)

Prado Museum (by Rick Steves)

Other artist's work in the Prado Museum


These are some other photos taken the day my husband and I were on a guided tour inside the Prado Museum.


Elena (from hubpages) has generously offered to try and identify some (or all) of these by title and artist. So this part is a work in progress. I have numbered these paintings for easier identification later. She is so fortunate to live near the fabulous Prado Museum.

Other artwork within the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain

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Cornelis de Vos's "The Birth of Venus" #2  (Guessing an El Greco?) Rafael's "Madonna of the Rose" Jose Ribera's "Immaculate Conception" Antonello's "The Dead Christ Supported by an Angel" Barocci's "Birth of Christ"#7 (Can anyone identify this?)Nicolas Poussin's "Saint Cecilia"
Cornelis de Vos's "The Birth of Venus"
Cornelis de Vos's "The Birth of Venus" | Source
#2  (Guessing an El Greco?)
#2 (Guessing an El Greco?) | Source
Rafael's "Madonna of the Rose"
Rafael's "Madonna of the Rose" | Source
Jose Ribera's "Immaculate Conception"
Jose Ribera's "Immaculate Conception" | Source
Antonello's "The Dead Christ Supported by an Angel"
Antonello's "The Dead Christ Supported by an Angel" | Source
Barocci's "Birth of Christ"
Barocci's "Birth of Christ" | Source
#7 (Can anyone identify this?)
#7 (Can anyone identify this?) | Source
Nicolas Poussin's "Saint Cecilia"
Nicolas Poussin's "Saint Cecilia" | Source

Which of these artist's work do you prefer?

  • El Greco
  • Goya
  • I like them both equally well
See results without voting

Thanking Elena and everyone else for taking this journey with us.

The Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain is a vast treasure trove holding not only world renowned Spanish art of Velazquez, El Greco and Francisco Goya, but is the repository for many other great artist's work as well.


Prado Museum ( with music)

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Peggy W 17 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello Johnb964,

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Mary,

The paintings in the Prado Museum are breathtakingly beautiful. We only saw a fraction of what was there. It would take many visits to see it all. Thanks for your visit, votes and sharing of this hub with others.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

You are so lucky to have traveled to so many places. This was another interesting and informative Hub to explain the Prado Museum which I would certainly love to see with the beautiful art work. The paintings must have taken your breath away to see them up close like that.

I voted this Hub UP, etc., and will share with followers and social sites, too.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Nell,

A day wouldn't even begin to show you all that there is to see and experience at the Prado Museum. It is HUGE! Ideally the way to do it would be to spend a few hours there every day for a week or two and then do other things during the balance of the day. We almost felt overwhelmed after our tour there and only saw a fraction of it. Glad we got to see what we did of it however. Thanks for your comment.


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