Madrid's public transport cards will display the works of art in museums in Madrid
The Community of Madrid, through the Regional Transport Consortium, has personalised 200,000 Public Transport Cards (TTP) to be used as tourist cards, with the pictures of three representative paintings of each of the most important museums in the capital, such as the Museo del Prado, the Museo Thyssen and the Reina Sofía Museum.
These three cards join the TTP presented this week with the reproduction of the work The Third of May 1808, by Francisco de Goya, to commemorate the festivity of 2 May and of which 128,000 cards have been printed.
These TTPs can be purchased at the user service offices at Madrid Barajas – Adolfo Suárez Airport and at the offices located at Atocha and Sol stations from Monday 26 April. The Public Transport Card is a medium with contactless technology that has replaced magnetic tickets and is used to top up transport tickets issued by the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium.
The Museo del Prado, one of the world's leading art galleries, has celebrated its bicentenary and treasures a valuable collection of 8,600 paintings and 700 sculptures, including Velázquez's Las Meninas and Goya's The Firing Squad. It has the most comprehensive collection of Spanish painting in the world, with works by artists such as Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Sorolla and from the Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools.
For its part, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza is another of the artistic jewels in the capital, with more than 1,000 pieces that reinforce the work of artists or artistic currents that the other Spanish museums lack. Its permanent collection covers the history of European painting from the Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century.
The collection amassed by Baron and Baroness Thyssen is a treasure trove of works from the Italian Primitives, the Renaissance and German Expressionism, Impressionism and Russian Constructivism, 19th century American painting and the avant-garde movements of the 20th century: Fauvism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Abstraction and Pop Art, among other schools and movements.
Finally, there is the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the most important piece of which is El Guernica, but its collection is made up of over 23,000 works of contemporary art created between the end of the 19th century and the present day, by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Salvador Dalí and Juan Gris, among many others.