Madrid welcomes Art of Power -

April 26, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News reports travellers keen on history and the details of how people lived in the past may wish to stop in at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, where a fascinating exhibition is on show called the Art of Power - Royal Armour and Portraits from Imperial Spain.

Running until May 23rd, the artefacts presented in this collection have been gathered together from the Royal Armoury in Spain and are shown alongside paintings that offer context about how weapons and armour are seen by certain artists.

The Royal Armoury was mostly developed by Emperor Charles V and Philip II during the 14th century and holds a vast collection of tools of war, as well as other military items.

Any art lovers attending the exhibition from their Madrid hotels will be able to see equipment such as an embossed helmet from the Mühlberg Armour and the painting Charles V in Armour by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz.

"Founded at the height of the Spanish monarchy's international power and splendour, the Royal Armoury in Madrid is the oldest and one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world," noted the venue.

Tickets to enter the establishment are 8 (£7.10), with the building opening from 09:00 to 20:00 (local time) every day except Mondays and some bank holidays, when it is closed.

If you're heading to the Art of Power this year, we strongly advise that you book your hoteles Madrid as soon as possible, given the huge popularity of the event.