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01/04/2014

This April, the Museo del Prado, the Biblioteca Nacional de España and Fundación El Greco 2014 will be presenting the exhibition El Greco’s Library. Its aim is to reconstruct the theoretical and literary roots of El Greco’s art through 39 books, four of which belonged to him, that have been identified from two inventories compiled by the artist’s son Jorge Manuel in 1614 and 1621. Notable among them is a copy of Vitruvius’s treatise on architecture (from the BNE), and another of Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the most excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects. Both were copiously annotated by El Greco with comments that reveal his ideas on architecture and above all on painting. Also on display will be a copy of Xenophon’s Works and one of Appian’s Civil Wars, both of which were represented in his library, and one of Sebastiano Serlio’s architectural treatise with annotations that have on occasions been attributed to the artist. The exhibition is

 

24/03/2014

From 25 March until 29 June the Museo del Prado is presenting Rubens. The Triumph of the Eucharist, an exhibition featuring the six panels from this series in the Museum’s collection following their recent restoration. The Eucharist series was one of the most important commissions received by the artist, in which the panels on The Triumph of the Church and The Victory of Truth over Heresy are particularly notable. The exhibition also includes four of the tapestries woven from these designs, which belong to Patrimonio Nacional. The exhibition will enable visitors to appreciate the complex and painstaking process behind the restoration of this unique group of works, initiated in 2011 with the support of Fundación Iberdrola, which sponsors the Museum’s Restoration Programme, along with a grant from the Getty Foundation as part of its Panel Paintings Initiative. The initiative seeks to train the next generation of conservators of old master paintings on

 

25/03/2014

With the app Second Canvas Museo del Prado, a cutting-edge multi-device tool, the Prado is the world’s first museum to offer a new way to browse and discover in high definition the masterpieces in its Permanent Collection, through the app Second Canvas Museo del Prado, an innovative multi-device tool. This app is the first to be developed with Madpixel’s Second Canvas platform. It tells the stories hidden within each painting through extra high-resolution details, x-radiographs and infra-red reflectographs. It also allows these unexpected details and others to be selected by the user and shared on the social networks. In addition, Second Canvas Museo del Prado allows users to connect their iPhones or iPads to a TV or to a film projector, making it a tool that can be easily be applied to educational purposes.

 

11/02/2014

The Prado is presenting The Virgin and Child with Angels, a masterpiece by the Early Renaissance French artist Jean Fouquet. It can be seen until 25 May in Room 25. This is the right-hand panel of the famous “Melun Diptych, one of the rare surviving examples of 15th-century French painting. The panel is now on display at the Prado alongside The Agony in the Garden with the Donor Louis I d’Orléans (1405-1408), recently acquired by the Museum. The loan of Fouquet’s work, from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, forms part of the Prado’s “Invited Work” programme, which has been sponsored since 2010 by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado.

The Virgin and Child with Angels, Jean Fouquet . Oil on panel, 94.5 x 85.5cm, c. 1452, Antwerp, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten
 

20/01/2014

The Museo del Prado is presenting The “Furias”. From Titian to Ribera. Sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, the exhibition analyses the rise, evolution and decline of the subject of the “Furias”, from the time of its appearance in European art in the mid-16th century to the late 17th century. The exhibition includes 28 works, including a drawing by Michelangelo loaned from the Royal Collection in London and paintings by Rubens, Rombouts, Goltzius, Assereto, Rosa and Langetti. Also on display are the Prado’s versions of the “Furias” by Titian and Ribera and its Tityus enchained by Gregorio Martínez, acquired in 2011. Together, these works illustrate the success enjoyed for 120 years by the subject of the “Furias” at a time when rulers used them as political allegories and painters saw them as an ideal vehicle for illustrating supreme mastery in art, both in a formal sense, given that they are huge, nude figures in improbable foreshortenings, and in expressive

 

03/12/2013

Until 30 March, the Museo del Prado and the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga will be presenting in Lisbon the exhibition Rubens, Brueghel, Lorrain. Northern Landscape from the Museo del Prado, comprising 57 works by the leading masters of the genre from the Prado’s collection. The Prado is thus continuing with its programme of temporary exhibitions outside the Museum in Madrid, travelling to neighbouring Portugal for the first time in order to bring its holdings to the Portuguese public.

 

19/11/2013

The Museo del Prado is presenting the exhibition Historias Naturales. A Project by Miguel Ángel Blanco, organised with the collaboration of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the support of the Region of Madrid. 150 objects from the natural world make up the twenty-two interventions installed in the Museum’s galleries by this Madrid-born artist. Most of the objects – animals, plants and minerals - have been loaned by the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales of the CSIC, displayed alongside 25 works from the Museum’s own collection. The result is a close dialogue with these 25 works of art and also with the building itself and the urban setting of the Paseo del Prado. Through this exhibition the Prado is paying tribute to its own history and to the origins of its building, originally designed as a Natural History museum. On 19 November 1819 the Prado opened its doors to the public for the first time as the Museo Nacional de Pinturas y Esculturas (National Museum

 

28/10/2013

El Greco’s canvas, which was one of the first commissions the artist received in Toledo following his arrival from Italy, will be temporarily displayed in Room 9B in the Prado following its technical study and restoration in the Museum’s studios funded by Fundación Iberdrola, Protector Sponsor of the Restoration Programme.

Video on the restoration process

The Disrobing of Christ (after the restauration), El Greco. Oil on canvas, 300 x 178 cm, 1577-1579, Cabildo S. I. Catedral Primada de Toledo
 

14/10/2013

Through the 51 works on display, Rome in your Pocket offers an analysis of the study process of a group of young Spanish art students who, between 1758 and 1764, received grants from the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando to perfect their training in Rome. In addition to the six sketchbooks in the Prado’s collection by José del Castillo, Maella and a later one by Goya, the exhibition includes 21 lent by other Spanish and international institutions and 22 independent drawings. Together, this group offers a comprehensive vision of the artistic practice common to European culture at this period. Although the exhibition’s principal contents comprises sketchbooks that can only be displayed open at a single page, it also offers visitors the chance to access the entire content of the sketchbooks in the Prado’s collection on tablets available to visitors through a sponsorship agreement reached this morning with Samsung. As a result, this company has now joined the

 

04/10/2013

The Museo del Prado presents the exhibition Velázquez and the family of Philip IV (8 October – 9 February 2014) sponsored by Fundación AXA which will offer for the first time an analysis of the artist’s activities as a portraitist during the last eleven years of his career in the service of the Spanish monarchy, and of the continuation of his endeavours in the work of his successors, his son-in-law Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo and Juan Carreño, during the 1660s and 1670s. Twenty nine works will present the most important group of portraits executed at the Spanish court during this period, during which Velázquez painted Las Meninas, one of his greatest masterpieces. In addition, the copy of it by Martínez del Mazo, now in Kingston Lacy (The National Trust, UK), will be exhibited for the first time in Spain, among other works. The exhibition will also aim to encourage reflection on one of the most distinctive periods of Velázquez’s career and of the reign of

 
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