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Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

Most of the art pieces are great work of art. 2 pieces are stunning.

As for the so called modern art, I find it challenging to appreciate, thou the artist was a students of fine art academy; just my view. This fine art chamber was not open to many and only selected few, I guess I was lucky to be permitted. I opined that it was being selective in entrance to provide space for multiple angle viewing.

There's art pieces of Roman's statue presumably Baroque. I tried to understand as to the link to Spanish's art. The superbly helpful staffs but speaking spattered of English is a pity. Thou they tried but end still remains a question.

There's an entrance fee of €5, but Wed is free entrance.

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Reviewed 8 May 2013

This museum only a short walk from the Hotel de las Letras focused on Spanish artists who trained at the St. Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts. Goya was prominently represented as was Zubaran. There were many other Spanish artists that we were not aware of but found to be very good. If you have been to the Prado and Thyssen and are looking for another museum located in the heart of Madrid consider this one.

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Reviewed 8 May 2013

This museum if located in any American city outside New York would be a star collection. While uneven, there are outstanding examples of major artists. In Madrid, it is overshadowed by the Prado and others, including the Sorolla Museum, in my opinion, but it is very worth seeing.

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Reviewed 19 April 2013

For me it was clearly the third art gallery in Madrid, after Thyssen Bornemisza and Prado. Predictably, it mostly accomodates Spanish art (well, also some occasional Italian, Flemish, Dutch and French works, a few of them quite important). According to its origin and purpose, the collection is EXTREMELY uneven, and many parts of it could only be interesting to experts, and most dedicated art freaks.
On the other hand, this museum proudly displays van Reymerswaele, Giovanni Bellini, Morales, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbaran, Murillo, among others, and, above all, two or three rooms of Goya, which in themselves make a visit to this museum an ABSOLUTE MUST to anyone seriously interested in art.
Otherwise, I was not impressed by the Spanish art of the XVIII and XIX centuries. But towards the beginning of the XX century, it became quite ingenious again. Spanish symbolism is most challenging and suggestive. What I haven't expected, is that the collection of MODERN Spanish art, featuring Gris, Dali, and some very cute living painters, would be WAY ABOVE the similar collection at the Museo Reina Sofia.
As side attractions, the Academy houses some other fancy objects, such as extremely crafty wax reliefs. You should go there in the morning, since the museum closes rather early. One day a week (was it Tuesday?), the entrance is free. Unfortunately, some of the rooms are unpredictably closed, due to the shortage of custodians, I guess. But if you insist with the available ones, they accompany you inside.

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Reviewed 28 March 2013

An excellent collection, including a fine two room exhibit of Goyas, and on the third floor, dozens of interesting 20th century (first half) paintings by members of the Royal Academy, including Sorolla, Eduardo Chicharro Aguera, Cecilio Gallardo, Enrique Martinez-Cubells, and Fernando Labrada. It must be difficult to compete against the big three, plus the string of small galleries (including the Sorolla House), but Bellas Artes definitely deserves more visitors than were there on the day we visited. Highly recommended. It is just a short walk towards Sol from the Thyssen Bornmizsa. .

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