Everybody on the easyFrame team is an art (and picture frame) enthusiast – that much should be clear by now! But while we love nothing more than spending a Sunday wandering through our local gallery, there’s something particularly special about viewing art when we go abroad. Catching a glimpse of a sarcophagus in the British Museum is amazing – seeing one in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo is another kind of experience altogether.
So, with autumn encroaching and all of us here at easyFrame dreaming of travel, we decided to put together a guide to some of our favourite galleries around Europe. The next time you pay a visit to one of these European capitals, ensure you make the most of the stunning art on offer.
The Louvre, Paris
Yes, this gallery might already be on your list, but it truly is unmissable. Enter through the dramatic glass pyramid and you’ll find yourself walking into a world of treasures. The sheer size of this place means you need to set aside at least half a day to look around – and make sure you don’t head straight for the Mona Lisa, then leave! Key highlights include the Venus de Milo, Delacroix’s famous "Liberty Leading the People", and the Great Sphinx of Tanis.
The Leopold Museum, Vienna
All art enthusiasts know that a visit to Vienna isn’t complete without a tour of the MuseumsQuartier, a square in the 7th district that houses a number of museums, galleries, exhibition spaces and cultural centres. There’s plenty to keep you busy here, but if we had to choose just one gallery we’d go for the Leopold. Here you can gaze upon works by popular Austrian painters such as Gustav ("The Kiss") Klimt and Egon Schiele.
The Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Berlin is known around the world for its cutting edge artistic scene, and nowhere is that better reflected than in the Berlinische Galerie. This light-filled, renovated glass warehouse is dedicated to modern art, photography and architecture, and houses a huge collection across its cool, contemporary exhibition spaces. If you’re going to pay a visit, spend some time with the lesser known Berlin artists – the Dadaist works of Raoul Hausmann are particularly impressive.
The Prado, Madrid
The Prado is in many ways Madrid’s Louvre – a vast, famous collection that many people plan to visit but never quite get around to. Housed in a neo-Classical building constructed at the end of the 18th century, this gallery was one of the first public art museums in the world. If you only have a couple of hours here, make sure you catch a glimpse of "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Bosch and "David and Goliath" by Caravaggio.
Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon
Lisbon is fast becoming the European capital of choice for holidaymakers around the world. Famous for its seafood, hilltop panoramas, tram network and custard tarts, the Portuguese city is also notable for its excellent art galleries and museums – the best of which is the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. Housed within a 17th century palace, the gallery has a large collection of European and Asian artworks, and includes highlights like Lucas Cranach’s "Salome".
The Mucha Museum, Prague
There are 101 reasons to visit Prague (the beer, the architecture and the opera to name just three) but top of our list is the Mucha Museum. As the world's only gallery that's focused on the life and works of Czech Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha, it is truly a one-of-a-kind place. Art Nouveau buildings can be found across the city, so wandering the halls of this charming gallery feels like a truly fitting way to spend a day.
The Galleria Borghese, Rome
Cardinal Scipione Borghese is the man responsible for this fantastic collection of artworks. Housed within the former Villa Borghese, this gallery is notable for its classical antiquities, numerous sculptures by Bernini, and a trompe-l’oeil ceiling fresco by the painter Mariano Rossi. Surrounding the gallery – but considered a separate attraction – are the beautiful Villa Borghese Gardens, a perfect place to wander after immersing yourself in some historic art.
The Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm
Sweden’s capital is a haven for anyone involved in the contemporary art scene, with modern art and photography galleries located across Stockholm. One of the best is the Wetterling Gallery, which was established in the late 70s and has a focus on Swedish painters, sculptors and photographers. Pay a visit and you’ll be able to view works from the likes of Ed Ruscha and James Rosenquist.
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Dutch capital is famous for many things, including its canals, bikes and Red Light district. But if you’re an art junkie visiting the city it’s likely you’ll have one thing in mind: the Rijksmuseum. Famous for storing numerous works by the Dutch Masters, this museum is packed with unmissable highlights. Set aside a morning and wander through, making time for iconic works like Rembrandt’s "The Night Watch", Vermeer’s "The Milkmaid" and Van Gogh’s 1887 self-portrait.
Musée Marmottan-Claude Monet, Paris
The French capital is crammed with fantastic museums and galleries, but – after the Louvre – the Musée Marmottan has to be our favourite. Located in the 16th arrondissement, this unassuming museum houses the world’s largest collection of works by Claude Monet, including "Impression, Soleil Levant", the painting which gave its name to the Impressionist movement.
European Art in Your Home
The great thing about living in 2017 is that you don’t have to travel the world to view fantastic artworks. If you don’t have a European getaway planned for the coming months, channel your inner globetrotter from the comfort of your home by buying a good-quality print and hanging it on your wall.
At easyFrame, we make the picture framing process simple and straightforward. Enter your artwork measurements, select a suitable mount and picture frame style, and we’ll do the rest! We offer free delivery on any orders over £50 exc VAT and dispatch all our custom-made picture frames within 1-3 days.