For the first time outside the UK, The Spanish Line in the British Museum. Drawings from the Renaissance to Goya will present a group of 71 works from the collection of drawings by Spanish artists housed in the British Museum, considered one of the most important in the world due to the exceptional quality of the works. The collection offers a reflection of the highly refined taste that English collectors developed for Spanish art during the course of the 19th century. Only a few of these drawings have previously been seen in Spain and the present exhibition thus represents a unique opportunity to see a fascinating survey of the history of Spanish drawings in the galleries of the Museo del Prado. Sponsored at the Prado by its “Friends”, the exhibition was first seen at the British Museum at the end of last year and now arrives in Madrid with notable differences, although maintaining the overall chronological arrangement and sections devoted to regional schools. Within these



Opening this March, the Museo del Prado will be offering visitors a remarkable and probably unique opportunity to see almost every work that comprises the very small oeuvre of Juan Fernández El Labrador, one of the least known and most exquisite painters of the Spanish Baroque and an artist who specialised in still lifes. The five works by the artist in the Prado’s collection will be shown alongside others that have never previously been exhibited in Spain, including Still Life with Grapes, Quinces and dried Fruit from the British Royal Collection, and Still Life with Grapes, Acorns and a Glass with Apples from a private Barcelona collection. They are joined by four more works from private collections and the Museo Cerralbo.

Vase of Flowers, Juan Fernández el Labrador, Oil on canvas, 44 x 34 cm, c. 1635 - 1636, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado


Shown to the public for the first time, the Museo del Prado is presenting The Agony in the Garden with the Donor Louis I d’Orléans (1405-1407/1408), a previously unpublished work acquired by the Museum in 2012. Following a lengthy process of restoration it will now be placed on display in the permanent galleries and represents a major contribution to the field of Early French Painting. The aesthetic and pictorial merit of the painting, recently restored with the sponsorship of Fundación Iberdrola, combined with the rarity of works from this school, make this panel a unique example of enormous historical importance given that it is the only known panel painting to depict Louis d’Orléans. With a possible attribution to Colart de Laon, Louis’ painter and valet de chambre, the panel will be presented in a special display until 28 April in Room 58A, alongside X-radiograph

From left to right: Gabriele Finaldi, Associate Director of Curatorship and Research at the Museo del Prado;  Rafael Landín, Director of Iberdrola Fondation; Pilar Silva, Head of the Department of Spanish Painting until 1500 and Flemish and Northern School Paintings; Antonia López de Asiain, Museo del Prado restorer; José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, President of the Museum’s Royal Board of Trustees and; Miguel Zugaza, Director of the Museo del Prado


The donation, which comprises twelve, 13th- to 15th-century works of Spanish art from the Várez Fisa Collection, will enrich and complement the holdings of Spanish Medieval and Renaissance art in the Prado’s collections. It includes key paintings from this period, such as The Virgin of Tobed (ca.1359-1362), an exceptional example of Catalan Italo-Gothic painting traditionally attributed to Jaume Serra.

The Virgin of Tobed, Jaume Serra. Tempera on panel, 161.4 x 117.8 x 14 cm, 1359, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado. Várez Fisa Donation


The Museum is also offering visitors the chance to see the exhibition Closed Triptychs. From grisaille to colour for a further three months, until 1 April. These two exhibitions conclude the Prado’s 2012 exhibition programme and this March sees the start of the exhibitions El Labrador and The Spanish Line in the British Museum. Drawings from the Renaissance to Goya.

Selfportait, Oil on panel, 43 x 32.5 cm. ca. 1615. Vienna, Gëmaldegalerie der Akademie der Bildenen Künste


Five years after completion of the Prado’s most recent and ambitious extension project in its history, and as a result of the increase in its activities and services, largely resulting from the new spaces now available, visitors numbers exceeded 3 million for the first time, of which 2.8 million were visits to the Museum in Madrid and 370,000 to “Travelling Prado” exhibitions held in other cities around Spain this year. This figure marks an increase of 8% on 2011, when the total of visitors was 2.9 million. In addition, 60% of the Museum’s income, which totalled more than 24 million Euros, was self-financed this year.



The Museo del Prado is presenting Portrait of Spain. Masterpieces from the Prado in Houston, in an exhibition that continues the Museum’s programme of international exhibitions designed to highlight its collections abroad. Sponsored by BBVA Compass, this exhibition includes one hundred works by the artists best represented in the Prado’s collections, among them El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Goya and Sorolla. This is the first time that works from the Prado have travelled to the USA. The exhibition, which spans four centuries, can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), one of the country’s most important museums, from 16 December 2012 to 31 March 2013.

From left to right: Miguel Zugaza, Director of the Museo del Prado, Ramón Gil-Casares, Spanish embassador in the USA, Gary Tinterow, Director of MFAH, Cristóbal Valdés, Consul in Houston and Gabriele Finaldi, Associate Director of Curatorship and Research at the Museo del Prado


The Museo del Prado presents one of the largest exhibitions on Van Dyck (1599-1641) held to date and the first on his paintings and drawings to be organised in Spain. The exhibition, sponsored by Fundación BBVA, will be inaugurated next Monday 19 November by Her Majesty the Queen, coinciding with the commemoration of the 193th anniversary of the Museum. Opening on 20 November, the exhibition is entirely focused on the artist’s early work and features more than 90 paintings and drawings spanning the years between approximately 1615 when Van Dyck was fifteen, to 1621 when he left Antwerp for Italy. During these six years of his early career the intellectually restless and remarkably prolific young artist produced around 160 paintings, many of them of large scale and creative ambition, of which the Prado possesses the most important collection.

Self-portrait, Van Dyck. Oil on panel, 43 x 32.5 cm, ca. 1615, Vienna, Gëmaldegalerie der Akademie der Bildenen Künste


Saint John the Baptist from the Prado’s own collection is now going on display for the first time following its new attribution to Titian. The painting has been restored thanks to the support of Fundación Iberdrola, Sponsor of the Museum’s restoration programme. The presentation of this newly attributed work is taking place within the context of a small exhibition that also includes two other depictions of Saint John the Baptist by Titian, loaned from Venice and El Escorial.

Saint John the Baptist, Titian. Oil on canvas, 195 x 127,5 cm, ca. 1555, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado


The Museo del Prado is presenting the first monographic exhibition on Martín Rico, one of the most important Spanish artists of the second half of the nineteenth century and a pioneering figure in the introduction of realist landscape. Organised in collaboration with the Meadows Museum in Dallas, where this exhibition will be presented next year with the title “Impressions of Europe”, and made possible through the support of the Regional Government of Madrid, this exhibition brings together more than forty paintings that are shown alongside a large group of watercolours, drawings and notebooks, most of which have never been exhibited in Spain.

The Ladies’ Tower in the Alhambra, Granada, Martín Rico.. Oil on canvas, 63.5 x 40 cm. 1871. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado. Ramón de Errazu Bequest
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