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

Updated on August 21, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Christ Carrying the Cross by El Greco in the Prado Museum
Christ Carrying the Cross by El Greco in the Prado Museum | 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.

The ones I photographed that day of Velazquez's works of art 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.

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.

The Holy Trinity by  El Greco
The Holy Trinity by El Greco | Source

Maybe it was the religious subject matter adding to the overall effect? Suffice it to say that 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.

Baptism of Christ, 1596-1600 by El Greco
Baptism of Christ, 1596-1600 by El Greco | Source

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.

The Adoration of the Shepherds - 1612-1614 by El Greco
The Adoration of the Shepherds - 1612-1614 by El Greco | Source

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!

El Greco and Modernism
El Greco and Modernism

Learning more about El Greco and the art he created is fascinating!

 

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.

The Catholic Church exerted much influence and 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 fervor 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.

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

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.

The Swing (a Cartoon for a tapestry) by Goya in the Prado Museum
The Swing (a Cartoon for a tapestry) by Goya in the Prado Museum | Source

Like Velazquez the background of Goya's family was from the hidalgo class. It was the lowest order of Spanish nobility but forbade its members to do any manual labor.

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

This was in a time of economic upheaval countrywide. Poor sanitary conditions and stagnant living conditions in general were the norm.

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 great talent he succeeded.

Goya: Order & Disorder
Goya: Order & Disorder

It is fun to learn more details about famous artists like Goya and what influenced them.

 

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. He featured both the pretty and the ugly events and happenings.

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

The Clothed Maja by Goya
The Clothed Maja by Goya | Source

Goya amazingly painted one of the best known nude paintings of the time. The Naked Maja and also the The Clothed Maja. That was 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.

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. 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" I am guessing that this is 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"Painting in the Prado MuseumNicolas Poussin's "Saint Cecilia"
Cornelis de Vos's "The Birth of Venus"
Cornelis de Vos's "The Birth of Venus" | Source
I am guessing that this is an El Greco?
I am guessing that this is 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
Painting in the Prado Museum
Painting in the Prado Museum | Source
Nicolas Poussin's "Saint Cecilia"
Nicolas Poussin's "Saint Cecilia" | Source

Thank you 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.

Which of these artist's work do you prefer?

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Johnb964,

      Thanks for the compliment. I have been writing on this site for over 6 years and learned everything I know about blogging from what they teach on HubPages. Their learning center is packed with good information.

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      Johnb964 2 years ago

      Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your website is great, as well as the content! bdfegcgeekgd

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      Mary Hyatt 5 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 Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Peggy, amazing pieces of Art, I would love to just browse there all day looking at these marvelous paintings, nell

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello TurtleDog,

      Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at some photos of paintings by El Greco, Goya, etc., inside the Prado Museum in Spain. I've never visited Philadelphia. I would imagine that the museum of art is a good one. Which artists did you particularly like? Thanks for the comment and vote up.

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      TurtleDog 6 years ago

      Great Hub! I just went to the Philadelphia museum of art and it really got me interested in some terrific artists. Thanks for the info! Voted UP!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky Dee,

      Glad you enjoyed this visit to the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. One could spend days there in order to see it all!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very nice visit at Prado. Thanks

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I found it Ethel...your Crete hub is now linked to this one.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ethel,

      I'd be happy to have you link this to yours and I will do the same. I'll try and find your hub. What did you call it? Thanks!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      We passed by El Greco's village when we visited Crete. I will link this hub to mine if that's ok with you Peggy

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi katyzzz,

      Some of both I am sure. Some artist's were hired to execute artwork for the insides of churches, etc. and some truly tried to express their inner feelings of their own religious ideas in their art.

      No matter who was paying the bills, the artwork is inspired from inside each artist in any case and comes out in their own personal styles which we so recognize and admire today.

      Wouldn't you agree?

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Elena,

      Thank your helpful "assistant" for me. The Immaculate Conception is such a beautiful painting. I'm glad it was in the Prado Museum when we were there so that we could see it in person. You are such a great help with this hub!

      Thanks again.

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      katyzzz 8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      A great hub, but how much were they inspired or simply hired by Religion?

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      Hello, Peggy. Found number three from the top. Showed it to my wonderful "assistant" (ahem) who knows a lot more about painting and art in general than I do, and she said she recognized it... Now, it's NOT in Prado, but in a Salamanca, in a church of a convent, "Convento de Agustinas Recoletas". It's by Jose Ribera, and the title is "Immaculate Conception".

      She didn't recognize the other "missing" two, but she's sinking her teeth on them and it's likely that she'll find them :-)

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Got it Elena! Once again, THANKS! Only a couple left now that are unidentified. You were really on top of this. I thought that it might take you a bit more time. Will look forward to the completion of this puzzle.

      If you ever come to Houston, we have some good art museums. Will be happy to show you around.

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      Greco's without title, from top to bottom:

      - first (below The Adoration of the Shepherds) "Saint Sebastian"

      - second (below Baptism of Christ) "The Annunciation"

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello wannabwestern,

      Thanks for this information about the SMU Meadows Museum of Art. Will check it out sometime! Does your husband still work in the field of art?

      Often those traveling exhibits are spectacular in that they concentrate on one aspect of what an artist has created. Sounds like that exhibit of Goya's "Disasters of War" was a good one! He certainly portrayed what was going on in that day and time with his drawings and paintings.

      Thanks for the comment and information about SMU.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Elena,

      I have already added the information from you with artists and titles to the paintings. Loving this!!!

      While you are at it, a few of the El Greco's at the top of the hub do not have titles. You have taken on quite an assignment! This adds so much by actually having the added information. No longer just some pretty pictures. I can't thank you enough!

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      Oppsss Peggy. I may have messed up with the numbers, so let me do this "from top to bottom". There are 9 images:

      - The first where a man is doing a copy, I don't know ... yet.

      - The second is Rafael, "Madonna Of the Rose"

      - The third I still don't know.

      - The fourth is "The Dead Christ Supported by an Angel", by Antonello.

      - The fifth is "Birth of Christ" by Barocci

      - The sixth I still don't know.

      - The seventh is "Saint Cecilia" by Nicolas Poussin

      - The eighth is "Hunter with his Dog" by Goya

      - The ninth and last is "The Birth of Venus" by Cornelis de Vos.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Teresa,

      Could keep doing different artists, of course, but these just happened to be the photos I was able to snap while on that tour of the Prado Museum that day. So excited that Elena is helping with the identification! Thanks for your comment.

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      Carolyn Augustine 8 years ago from The Land of Tractors

      My Hubbie worked at the Meadows Museum of Art at Southern Methodist University for three years, where they hosted an exhibition of Goya's drawings from his war correspondence days. It was called Disasters of War and I will never forget it. If you are looking for a museum with a top notch collection of Spanish Art in America, you will find it there.

      I regret I've never been able to see the Prado Museum's paintings in person. Thank you for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Elena,

      This is so exciting! I thought that what turns out to be "Hunter with his Dog" looked like a Goya! Even though you thought the numbers were on top of the photos when they were actually placed under them (sorry...should have made that clear) it is easy to identify the subject matter by title. I can't thank you enough! (Smile) I moved the Goya up with the other ones...

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Sorolla next!? His stuff is beautiful -- full of light and life and optimism. . .

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kiran,

      Happy to see you liked these El Greco, Goya and other paintings in the Prado Museum. Will soon have more of them identified because of Elena's help! Thanks for commenting.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Elena,

      We saw that El Greco, Burial of the Count of Orgaz in that church of Santo Tome in Toledo. As you say...fabulous!

      I really appreciate your help with identifying this artwork. Guess I should have told you that I numbered these paintings UNDER each piece...not above. I agree that the last one looks like a Reubens...just do not know the title (or for sure, the artist). Can't wait to see what you identify for me and everyone else reading this! Thanks!

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      loveroflife -- well, I was expecting more photo-text hubs on Murillo, Sorolla, Picasso, Dali.... cheeky me, I know :)

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      loveroflife 8 years ago

      El Greco, Goya, Velazquez -- Your photo tour of the triumvirate of great Spanish artists is complete. THANKS.

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      Here are some others:

      #4 is ANTONELLO, "The Dead Christ Supported by an Angel"

      #5 is Barocci, "Birth of Christ"

      #7 is Nicolas Poussin, "Saint Cecilia"

      Number 3 & 6 I can't find. YET. If they are in Prado, I ought to find them, eventually :)

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      Peggy, I've got three for now:

      #2 is a Rafael, "Madonna Of the Rose"

      #8 is a Goya, "Hunter with his Dog"

      #9 is Cornelis de Vos, "The Birth of Venus"

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      kiran8 8 years ago from Mangalore, India

      Fabulous Peggy, thanks a lot :)

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      Elena. 8 years ago from Madrid

      Hello, Peggy! The greatest Greco's painting in my opinion is "The Burial of the Count of Orgaz", found in the Church of Santo Tomé, in Toledo. Goya is one of the best, he was a very modern and innovative painter in his time, the first to bring a psycologic component to his work, showing feelings and states of mind besides situations, and also depicting society as he saw it (as Teresa said), which was quite innovative at the time.

      You have quite a few that I'll have to look up, some are familiar, I can guess at the last one being a Rubens rather than a Goya, but not sure. Ay, this is going to be fun!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ralph,

      It is great that you got to see Goya paintings (as well as others) in the Prado. And I know which way you voted! LOL

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Great pictures. I visited the Prado many years ago. Goya is one of my favorite painters and was the greatest Spanish painter, in my opinion, until Picasso.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Teresa,

      You put the description of what Goya accomplished beautifully in a few words. I too would like to be back in Madrid at the Prado Museum. Would be fun to walk hand in hand with you as you could explain much of the artwork from the perspective of your expertise.

      I had that wonderful experience a few times with my aunt who had an art degree and was a docent at the Milwaukee Art Museum. As I wandered through several museums with her ( in Milwaukee and in Houston) she was able to tell me much of the meaning behind the paintings. Made it ever so much more interesting!

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      Yes, it is difficult to really explain the effect of what these El Greco and Goya paintings have on one when standing in front of them in the Prado Museum. Add Velazquez and other great artists to that mix and WOW! Guess those 3 little letters can say it all. LOL

      Thanks for your comment.

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      Goya blows me away. He was the equivalent of an excellent photojournalist of his time; a war correspondent and satirist on the foibles of Spain and human nature. He painted what was there, not simply what people wanted to see. Wish I were back in Madrid! Thanks for this slice of the Prado!

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Beautiful works! Of the two I prefer Goya, El Greco is a little to 'dark' for me. Hard to get the full effect of the works in a hub isn't it! Nice hub!