19th century collections
The Museum presents 12 new galleries devoted to its 19th-century collections, marking a key step forward in its collections plan known as The Collection: The Second Expansion. The opening of these new rooms can be considered one of the most important advances in this project. This is firstly because nearly 200 works are added to the permanent collection, including a number never previously displayed, and secondly because, from now on (and for the first time), a visit to the Museum will offer a complete, uninterrupted overview of the historical development of Spanish art from the Romanesque to the modern masters of the 19th century.
Following the first chance to see some of these works in the inaugural exhibition The 19th Century in the Prado, which accompanied the opening of the new expansion and was seen by more than a million people, works by the great 19th-century Spanish masters are now permanently incorporated into the Museum’s chronological display along with those of the great artists of the past. In particular, this sizeable representation of 19th-century works completes the narration of the history of Spanish art offered by the Museum. The narrative opens with 12th-century Romanesque painting from San Baudelio de Berlanga and now continues via the work of Sorolla up to the early 20th century, where it runs parallel with the work of the earliest avant-garde movements.