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


José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, a distinguished figure within Spanish society due to his role in the creation of the Constitution of 1978 and an eminent lawyer, was today appointed President of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo Nacional del Prado following the completion of Plácido Arango’s term of office last July. This appointment was unanimously approved at the proposal of José Ignacio Wert, the Spanish Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, at the plenary session of the Museum’s principal governing body that took place this morning.

From right to left: José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, President of the Board of Trustees of the Museo del Prado, José Ignacio Wert, Minister of Culture, Miguel Zugaza, Director of the Museo del Prado, and Amelia Valcárcel, Vice-president of the Museum’s Board of Trustees


Present in Spain for the first time, Portrait of a Man from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a work attributed to Velázquez in 2009 following its restoration, will be exhibited at the Museo del Prado for more than three months. The loan is in honour of Plácido Arango, President of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo del Prado from 2007 to 2012, and is part of the Museum’s “Invited Work” programme sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado.



The Museo del Prado launches "Goya in the Prado", a website within its official website devoted entirely to Goya and one that will, for the first time, include the Museum’s entire and remarkable collection of works and documents by the artist. Until now the Prado’s Goya collection (which is the largest and most important in the world) had only been known in part through publications. With the support of Telefónica as Benefactor Sponsor of the Visitor Attention Service, and that of the Museum’s own online initiatives, the general public and specialists can now access the more than 1,000 works by Goya – paintings, drawings, prints and documents –housed in the Prado. This is an extremely important initiative given the way that it makes so many high-resolution images of the works available to the public, in addition to all the documentary references and factual information known to the Museum on this exceptional collection.



The Prado is presenting Portrait of Spain. Masterpieces from the Prado in Brisbane. This exhibition is the result of the agreement reached last year with Art Exhibitions Australia (AEA), a non-profit making organisation responsible for the organisation of major exhibitions in Australian museums, and the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), Brisbane. It is thus the latest in the Prado’s international exhibitions series, which benefits from the special collaboration of ACCIONA, one of the Museum’s Benefactor Members. The exhibition will include 100 works by the best artists represented in the Museum’s collection, including El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Goya and Sorolla. This is the first time that works of art from the Prado are travelling to Australia. Encompassing more than three centuries of art, the exhibition will be shown at one of the country’s leading museums, the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, from 21 July to 4 November.

Presentation of the exhibition Portrait od Spain. Masterpieces from the Prado


The Museo del Prado has embarked on the restoration of six panels from the so-called “Triumph of the Eucharist” series, commissioned from Rubens by Isabel Clara Eugenia as models for tapestries for the convent of the Descalzas Reales in Madrid. This was one of the most important commissions received by Rubens. Following the restoration of the delicate supports of Dürer’s paintings of Adam and Eve in 2010, which involved the application of an ingenious technical solution to stabilise them, the Getty Foundation, through its “Panel Paintings Initiative”, is once again funding a complex conservation effort. Involving the participation of international experts coordinated by the Prado and the Getty, this Rubens project falls within the Prado’s Restoration Programme sponsored by Fundación Iberdrola.

George Bisacc and José de la Fuente restoring Abraham offering the Tithe to Melchizedek, Rubens
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