Rafael Moneo’s project, which has increased the size of the Museum by more than 50%, can be seen free of charge every Saturday and Sunday from 28 April to 1 July, as well as on 30 April and 2 and 15 May. This initiative has been organised by the Museum with the sponsorship of the two companies that carried out the construction work: Dragados and Constructora San José. The aim of these Open Days is to show the public the architecture of the new rooms before they go into use.
The Ministry of culture and the Museo del Prado unveil the largest extension project in the Museum’s history
Following an investment of 152 million Euros and 5 years and three months, Rafael Moneo’s project has enlarged the museum by more than 50%. The public will be able to visit the new rooms in the “open doors” days to be held on weekends from 28 April to 1 July.
The Museo del Prado is exhibiting the Rosendo Naseiro Collection of still lifes which entered the Museum’s collection two months ago. This is the most important, specialised private collection in private hands world-wide and its incorporation into the Prado’s holdings makes the museum the principal point of reference for the Spanish still life. The exhibition, sponsored by BBVA, is structured chronologically and around the different thematic groups represented by the forty still lifes. The paintings will be displayed in a gallery adjoining the permanent display of Spanish still lifes.
The Hispanic Society of America granted the Sorolla medal to Mr. Rodrigo Uría for his contribution to the conservation of art and Hispanic culture
The Hispanic Society awarded the Sorolla medal last Thursday to Mr. Rodrigo Uría, chairman of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum - “Real Patronato del Museo del Prado” -, as a tribute to his efforts in the dissemination and conservation of Hispanic art and culture. His contributions include his leading role in the negotiations for the Spanish state to acquire the Thyssen collection and bringing Goya’s "Marquise of Santa Cruz" to the Prado Museum.
The exhibition The Hidden Line aims to reveal the under-drawings present in some of the Museo del Prado's most important fifteenth- and sixteenth-century paintings. These are drawings executed by artists such as Bosch, Botticelli, Raphael and Fernando Gallego during the course of creating their paintings and at the stage prior to applying the paint. Such under-drawings, in black chalk, metal point, ink or charcoal, are obviously not visible to the human eye as they are concealed by the paint layers.
With the latest issue just published, the Boletín del Museo del Prado is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Over that period it has published the latest research into the Museum's collection and its history. Founded in 1980 by José Manuel Pita Andrade, the Boletín is one of the principal vehicles through which the Museum disseminates its scholarly activities to the academic community and interested members of the public.