Fundación Iberdrola increases its support of the Museo del Prado, becoming a Benefactor Member of the Museum
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.
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.
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
The Museo Nacional del Prado is celebrating National Book Day 2013 in a special way, with the launch of the first official APP of the Museum: The Prado Guide for iPad
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.
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.
The Museo del Prado is presenting one of the most important new discoveries of Early French Painting
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
The Museo del Prado has received an important donation of works from the Várez Fisa Collection in a ceremony attended by the President of the Spanish Government
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 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.