The Best Cities in Europe for Lovers of Art
While it’s true that a real lover of art can find beautiful art in any city he visits, there are certain destinations that will truly leave you speechless in the splendor of great masterpieces of then and now. Europe is a hotspot for the most prominent art museums with breathtaking and unparalleled art collections. Here are the top 3 cities to visit in Europe to satisfy your itch for visual delight:
- Madrid, Spain
The capital of Spain is a masterpiece on its own, but this city is also home to some of the world’s biggest and most prominent art galleries. The Museo Nacional del Prado houses famous works of Spanish artists such as Goya and Velasquez. The Thyssen-Bornomisza is a must-visit if you’d like to view artwork dating from the 13th to 20th centuries. The Reina Sofia, on the other hand, highlights works by Picasso and Salvador Dali. These three notable museums also go by the moniker “The Golden Triangle”, which is very much appropriate as these three highlight various important pieces from art history, not only in Spain but the rest of the world as well.
Madrid also has a gallery dedicated to one of Spain’s most prominent painters, Joaquin Sorolla. Aside from that, contemporary art galleries in Madrid are aplenty. If you’re looking for an in-depth exploration of both art history and contemporary art, Madrid is a destination that definitely has a lot to offer.
- Basel, Switzerland
If you’re wondering where the prestigious and much sought after ArtBasel art fair originated, it’s actually a small city in Switzerland that houses over 40 museums in totality and is known as a hotspot for modern and contemporary art. While these museums feature the world’s best art collections, the museums in themselves are also visual delights in their architecture as world-renowned architects also designed them.
The four biggest museums in Basel are the Kunstmuseum Basel, Vitra Design Museum, Tinguely Museum, and Fondation Beyeler. If you’re looking for more contemporary types of art, this city even has galleries that specialize in queer art, trash art, stone sculpturework and much more. The annual ArtBasel art fair is held every June where a vast number of galleries flock to showcase works of over 2,500 artists.
- Berlin, Germany
The city of Berlin is well-known for its thriving, vibrant, and energetic contemporary art scene, housing over 400 galleries on top of world-famous museums.
For classical art, the Gemaldegalerie features masterpieces from European masters such as Caravaggio, Bruegel, Boticelli, Rembrandt, and Rubens. To view French impressionist paintings, as well as famous works of notable German artists such as Max Lieberman, Adolph von Menzel, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Caspar Friedrich, the Alte Nationalgalerie is not to be missed.
For contemporary art, Berlin shines even more through the smaller, avant garde galleries that can be found all over the city, not to mention the East Side Gallery that is the Wall itself where some artists hailing from both East and West have painted sections of the wall.
Art is never in shortage in Europe, but these 3 cities have definitely got so much in store for traveling artists and art-appreciators looking to get inspired and immersed in beauty and culture.