Top galleries and museums | Culture and art in Europe

Posted by on April 17, 2014

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For the art and museum lovers, Europe has plenty of destinations that can fulfil that passion of yours. Galleries and museums that present exhibits from a variety of eras are there to amaze you.

Tate modern, London

The Tate Modern is one the best attractions of London. This modern art museum exhibits many works by famous artists of the 20th century and its first exhibition dates back in the 1900’s. The collection includes works by the famous Hogarth, William Blake, John Constable, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, among others.

Tate modern

Tate modern

Uffizi Gallery, Florence

It has the largest collection of the period of the Italian Renaissance, with works by major artists such as: Giotto, Andrea del Verrocchio, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Michelangelo, Raphael and Rembrandt. The most important exhibits of the museum are Sandro Botticelli’s  “The Birth of Venus” and Michelangelo’s “Tondo Doni“.

Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery

Museo del Prado, Madrid

It contains one of the finest collections of European paintings (1200-1830) along with more than 7,000 drawings and prints, 2,000 decorative artwork and over 600 sculptures. It also includes works by El Greco, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Jusepe de Ribera and Francisco de Zurbaran. The main exhibits are Diego Velazquez’s “Las Meninas” and “Nude Maja” by Francisco de Goya.

Museo del Prado

Museo del Prado

Musee du Louvre ( Paris)

Louvre tops the list of the oldest and most famous museums in the world. It includes more than 2 million works of art from different eras. The Louvre features some of the most recognisable exhibits like the Mona Lisa by Da Vinci, the Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo.

Louvre museum

Louvre museum

Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

One of the best museums in the world. The permanent collection features over 3 million objects and consists of six buildings, and one of them is the Winter Palace. There you can see the Faberge jewelry collection, some golden objects originating in Eastern Europe and Western Asia and masterpieces of the Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Impressionism and Expressionism.

Hermitage Museum

Hermitage Museum

Museum Van Gogh, Amsterdam

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam features the world’s largest collection of works by the Dutch expressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh and of others who lived in the same era as him. The most important exhibits are the impressive “The Potato Eaters” and “Bedroom in Arles“.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum

Musee d’Orsay, Paris

It opened in 1986 and focuses on works of French art dating from 1848 to 1914. It is most known for its masterpieces of French impressionism. What you must see are the “Starry Night Over the Rhone” of Vincent Van Gogh and the “Dejeuner sur L’Herbe” of Edouard Manet.

Musée d'Orsay

Musée d’Orsay

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