Since it was first published in 1980, the Boletín del Museo del Prado has been one of the main channels through which the Museum makes available to the academic community and interested public the results of its latest research on its own collections and on other art-historical issues related to the Museum’s collections.
Founded by José Manuel Pita Andrade, at that time Director of the Prado, the Boletín has been the vehicle for disseminating a large number of articles of scholarly significance. These include articles on El Greco’s manuscript annotations of the biography of Titian in his copy of Vasari’s Lives, published by Xavier de Salas in the 1982 edition; and the important restoration of Las Meninas undertaken by John Brearly, explained in full detail in the 1984 issue. The Boletín has also included various technical studies with x-rays and reflectographs of important works in the Museum’s collection including paintings by Van der Weyden and Bosch. Over the course of the years it has published articles by a number of the Museum’s directors, restorers and curators, as well as prestigious figures from other national and international institutions. To celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2005, a CD-Rom was produced with the complete index of the 40 issues published up to that date.
Publication of the Boletín del Museo del Prado is sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado and it is sent free to members of the Fundación. It can also be purchased in the Museum’s shop.