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



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


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



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



Virgin and Child enthroned (ca.1500) by Pedro Berruguete will be on display from today at the Museum in Room 57B of the Villanueva Building as the result of an agreement reached between José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, President of the Museo del Prado’s Royal Board of Trustees, and Ana Botella, the Mayoress of Madrid. One of Pedro Berruguete’s finest works, the panel has been on display since 2008 in the Museo de San Isidro in Madrid. With this new agreement, the Prado will be displaying it for five years within the context of its holdings of works by Berruguete, numbering around twenty paintings. In return for this gesture on the part of the City Council of Madrid, the Museum will be increasing the number of works from its collections that are on long-term deposit with municipal collections, adding eight more paintings including The Virgin of Atocha by Juan Carreño de Miranda, which will take the place of the Berruguete in the Museo de San Isidro.



Thanks to the new, expanded degree of Fundación Iberdrola’s commitment to the Museo del Prado, which began in 2010 when it became the Protector Member of the restoration programme, the Museum will be updating the entire lighting system in the galleries of the permanent collection. Coinciding with the signing of this new agreement, the Museum has presented the painting Saint Jerome writing, recently attributed to Ribera, which will be seen for the first time after its restoration, once again undertaken with the support of Fundación Iberdrola.

Saint Jerome writing (after its restoration), José de Ribera. Oil on canvas, 131,5 x 98 cm. XVII Century. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado


To mark the recent addition to the Museum’s collections of Portrait of José Nicolás de Azara, one of Mengs’s finest portraits, the Prado has recreated the friendship and close collaboration that existed between the Neo-classical painter and his sitter, a leading exponent of the Spanish Enlightenment. This small exhibition, on display in Room 38 of the Villanueva Building until 13 October, consists of 24 works – paintings, sculptures, prints, medals and books – from the Museum’s own holdings or loaned from private collections.

José Nicolás de Azara, Rafael Mengs. Oil on panel, 77 x 61,5 cm, 1774, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado


From 12 June to 7 July 2013 the Museo del Prado will be exhibiting two exceptional examples of Japanese painting on paper, on display in its Central Hall. This installation has been made possible through the sponsorship of Mitsubishi Corporation. The two screens, representative of the Rimpa School, are Crane and Deer, loaned from the Seikado Bunko Art Museum in Tokyo, and Plants and Flowers of the Four Seasons and a Stream from the Tokyo National Museum. They will be seen in the Prado as part of its “Invited Work” exhibition programme. With the aim of providing a context for the Invited Work, on this occasion two Japanese screens of the Rimpa School, for the first time the Museo del Prado is exhibiting a selection of twenty-six, 18th- and 19th-century Japanese prints from its own collection. This unprecedented exhibition at the Museum in collaboration with Japan Tobacco International will be on display until 6 October in Room 60 of the Villanueva Building.



Rooms A and B, ground floor. Jerónimos Building Curator: Manuela Mena, Senior Curator Eighteenth-century Painting and Goya



Aimed at a world-wide audience, this App is now available in five languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese, while from the end of May it will also be offered in German, Russian and Japanese. This App makes the “core” of the Collection available to everyone interested in the history of world art and is aimed at both the general user and experts. It features reproductions of 400 works in exceptionally high quality, accompanied by concise, rigorous and accessible texts written by a team of specialists coordinated by the Museum. First published in its printed version in 2008, 240,000 copies of The Prado Guide are currently in circulation in the 8 languages in which the App format is now also available.

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