The Museo del Prado is presenting the exhibition Late Raphael, which is one of the most important ever to be devoted to the artist and his studio and the first to focus on his final years, during which time Raphael became the most influential painter in Western art. Co-organised with the Musée du Louvre, which will show the exhibition between October 2012 and January 2013, and sponsored by Fundación AXA, it will be inaugurated this Monday, 11 June, by Her Majesty the Queen accompanied by the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Gianfranco Fini, the President of the Spanish Congress, Jesús Posada, and the Spanish Minister of Education, José Wert. The exhibition includes a total of 74 works, the majority of them never previously exhibited in Spain. It will present a chronological survey of Raphael’s artistic activities from the start of the pontificate of Leo X (1513) to the artist’s death in 1520, as well as analysing the activities of his principal assistants, Giulio Romano
The Museo del Prado will be exhibiting the first documented Hispano-Flemish painting by a Castilian artist for a period of ten years
The Altarpiece of the Gozos de Santa María by Jorge Inglés will be on display in Room 57 of the Villanueva Building as the result of an agreement signed with its present owner, the Duque del Infantado, Íñigo de Arteaga y Martín. An exceptional work for the history of both art and literature will thus be added to the Prado’s collection for a period of ten years.
The Museo del Prado, Fundación Focus Abengoa and the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London presented the exhibition Murillo and Justino de Neve. The Art of Friendship in Seville today. It brings together a group of late works by Murillo that were commissioned by Justino de Neve, a canon of Seville cathedral, an important patron of art and a personal friend of Murillo’s. As such, the exhibition represents a significant contribution to research on the artist’s life and work. Organised by the three above-mentioned institutions and curated by Gabriele Finaldi, Associate Director of Curatorship and Research at the Museo del Prado, the exhibition opens at the Prado on 26 June, after which it will travel to the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville, home of Fundación Focus Abengoa, and will finally be seen in London next year.
Unprecedented encounter between masterpieces from the Museum and the collection of the Museo de Arte de Ponce
Opening on 25 March, the exhibition From El Greco to Goya: Masterpieces from the Museo del Prado, organised by the Prado, the Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), with the sponsorship of the Compañía de Turismo of Puerto Rico, Banco Santander de Puerto Rico and Goya, Puerto Rico, will offer visitors the chance to see an outstanding selection of 24 works from the Prado’s collection by artists such as El Greco, Van Dyck, Ribera, Murillo, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya.
Goya: Light and Shade is the first exhibition in a new series based on works from the Prado’s permanent collection. It is the result of a collaborative agreement signed by Obra Social “la Caixa” and the Museum in July last year through which the Catalan savings bank will become a Benefactor Sponsor of the Museum. The exhibition will be on display at the CaixaForum in Barcelona until 24 June. The exhibition includes almost 100 works presented chronologically and grouped into the principal phases that define Goya’s career. It has been conceived and directed by Manuela Mena and José Manuel Matilla, Chief Curator of Goya and 18th-century Painting and Head of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Prado, respectively. For the first time in more than thirty years the exhibition will present local residents and visitors to Catalonia with a comprehensive and important selection of works by Goya from the Prado, which possesses the most important holdings of his paintings in
The Museo del Prado is extending its major exhibition The Hermitage in the Prado for a further two weeks
Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, today confirmed his authorisation for the extension of the exhibition The Hermitage in the Prado, co-organised with Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and sponsored by Fundación BBVA. During a visit to Madrid this week, Mr Piotrovsky generously agreed to the Prado’s proposal, which will allow many more visitors to see the exhibition in the light of the continuing demand for tickets and the fact that an increased number of visitors is expected during Easter Week.
The Museo del Prado is presenting the conclusions of the technical study and restoration of its version of La Gioconda
The painting is on display from today until 13 March in Room 49 of the Museum before it travels to the Louvre for inclusion in a temporary exhibition. The principal conclusion of the recent restoration and study of the work lies in its identification as a work by Leonardo’s studio, painted at the same time as the original. Comparison of technical documentation on the two works, the copy and the original, has revealed the successive phases in the creation of Leonardo’s Gioconda (Musée du Louvre) and has allowed for a better understanding of that painting
At the meeting of the Prado’s Royal Board of Trustees held yesterday and attended by the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, José Ignacio Wert, the Board was given important news relating to the Museum’s activities in the field of restoration, which are sponsored by Fundación Iberdrola. This is the discovery that the copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting the Mona Lisa, the original of which is in the Louvre, was painted by a pupil or follower of the artist at around the same time as the original. The importance of this discovery, which was made during the study and restoration of the painting at the Prado for its inclusion in the exhibition at the Louvre on Leonardo that opens on 29 March, lies
The Prado is temporarily exhibiting a new selection of its 19th-century paintings in the Museum’s “collections presentation gallery”. This space has been designed to show rotating displays of works from that century not normally on display and selected from among its extensive holdings in virtue of their interest and quality. Thanks to the decision to create this temporary exhibition space, the Museum has now been able to display an outstanding group of religious compositions by Spanish artists working in Rome in the mid-19th century, a period when religious painting in Europe was inspired by the recent archaeological discoveries of the tombs of the early Christian martyrs in the catacombs.
Telefónica renews its commitment as Benefactor sponsor of the Museo del Prado, coinciding with the start of the new 7-days-a-week opening hours
The Spanish telephone company led by César Alierta today renewed its commitment to continue as a Benefactor of the Prado’s Visitor Attention Programme during the first event at the institution attended by the new Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, José Ignacio Wert. Mr Wert’s presence was intended to emphasise his awareness of the importance of the support given to the world of culture by civil society. In addition, the Minister was present on the first day of the Museum’s new 7-days-a-week opening hours.