The work of Ingres, only seemingly rooted in Academic painting, undoubtedly constitutes an important forerunner of the late 19th- and early 20th-century artistic revolutions. The heir to Raphael and Poussin, Ingres’ work anticipates both Picasso and anatomical distortion in art, inspiring the revitalisation of the 19th-century European art schools, particularly the Spanish.
The exhibition to be shown at the Museo del Prado in 2015, which has benefitted from the special collaboration of the Musée du Louvre, offers a precise chronological presentation of Ingres’ work but will also pay particular attention to his complex relationship with portraiture (characterised byhis simultaneous rejection and admiration for it), which will be juxtaposed with his ongoing aim of being primarily recognised as a history painter.
A remarkable masterpiece in an excellent state of conservation, The Virgin of the Pomegranate will become one of the icons of the Museo del Prado.
This acquisition has been completed with the personal donation by the Duke of Alba, Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo, The Funeral of Saint Anthony Abbot, another important panel that has recently been researched at the Prado and can now also be attributed to Fra Angelico.
For a period of three months, Room 34 of the Prado’s Villanueva Building will be displaying Goya’s portrait of Don Pedro de Alcántara Téllez-Girón y Pacheco, 9th Duke of Osuna, one of the most interesting works by the artist among those housed in the Frick Collection in New York.
The special loan of this work falls within the context of the Museum’s “Invited Work” programme, an activity sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado since 2010 with the aim of further enriching a visit to the Museum and establishing points of comparison that allow for a reflection on the works in the Prado’s Permanent Collection.
In February 2016 the Prado is presenting an exhibition on Georges de La Tour (1593–1652) consisting of thirty paintings – an outstanding number considering his scant surviving output. After he fell into oblivion for more than two centuries, his memory was revived in the early 1900s and, together with Poussin,he is currently hailed as the most important French painter of the seventeenth century. Influenced by Caravaggio, La Tour is notable for his night paintings with violent contrasts of light and his folk types: beggars, street musicians and elderly men in brawls, which provide a surprising contrast to his delicate religious scenes. Two paintings by this artist are regularly on view at the Prado.
Curator:Andrés ÚbedaMuseo del Prado Senior Curator Italian and French Painting (to 1700)
The Prado is joining in the celebrations of the 5th centenary of the death of Bosch (c. 1450–1516) by staging a major monographic exhibition featuring more than sixty works by the painter from various Spanish and foreign institutions. It will take place from May to September 2016 in the exhibition galleries of the Jerónimos building. The most important exhibition ever to be held on the artist, it will include Bosch’s main triptychs, such as the outstanding Triptych of the Temptation of Saint Anthony lent by the Museu Nacional de Arte Antigain Lisbon.The Prado is collaborating with the Noordbrabants Museum in Hertogenbosch, the artist’s native city, for this project, which is sponsored by Fundación BBVA.
The Museo del Prado launches its new website that approaches its contents in an innovative way. We want to celebrate it and have organized ten itineraries to explore the museum’s classical artworks with contemporary music selected by music experts from Radio 3.
This ten routes are an homage to the Muses, which comprise the most appetising still-lifes, glamorous dresses for the fashion victims, profane love affairs for the voyeurs, mythological tales for the storytellers and a VIP zone where ladies and gentlemen gather. It is a court populated by stories and characters that show all their wisdom. Sometimes they will make us travel back in time and sometimes their large format will make us feel as in front of a big theatre screen.
Ten itineraries through the museum with music selected by Julio Ruiz , Gustavo Iglesias, Ángel Carmona, Virginia Díaz, Elena Gómez, Rosa Pérez, Paula Quintana, Leyre Guerrero, José Manuel Sebastián and Julio Ródenas.