During the forthcoming autumn-winter season the Museo del Prado will be holding the first monographic exhibition devoted to Renoir in Spain. For the first time in Europe it will show 31 of the paintings by Renoir housed at the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, Massachusetts), the American museum that possesses one of the most important holdings of Renoir’s works. Through this exceptional loan of almost all the Institute’s paintings by the artist, and during the more than three months of the exhibition’s duration, the Prado will be able to demonstrate the breadth and importance of Renoir’s artistic ideas through the principal genres in which he worked: portraiture, the female figure, the nude, landscape, still life and flowers.
This October, the Museo del Prado will be presenting the most outstanding items from the holdings of its Library, to be shown to the public for the first time. Following its relocation last year to the Casón del Buen Retiro, the Library now forms part of the new Study Centre of the Museum, with a spacious reading room beneath Luca Giordano’s magnificent painted ceiling. The Library houses an important collection of early books that has been significantly increased in recent years with the acquisition of the libraries of José María Cervelló and the Madrazo family. The present exhibition aims to reveal the importance of this unknown part of the Museum’s collection through a selection of forty volumes dating from between approximately 1500 and 1750. They are accompanied by eight paintings from the Museum by Titian, Velázquez and El Greco that have been included in order to reveal the close links between the bibliographic holdings and the Prado’s paintings collection.
The Minister of Culture, Ángeles González Sinde, announces the discovery of this work and her intention that it should be acquired by the Museo del Prado
The Prado is extending the opening hours of its Turner exhibition until 10pm and is opening an outdoor summer terrace
Thanks to the support of Turismo Madrid, from 1 July, until 31 August visitors to the Museum can take advantage of two additional hours (Tuesdays to Saturdays) to visit this season’s major exhibition “Turner and the Masters”. In addition, and coinciding with the launch of this initiative, the Museum is opening its Terrace-Café Prado, located in a courtyard of the North Pavilion of the Villanueva Building. It offers free access and late opening hours (until 10pm) throughout the summer months.
The history of drawing will be the subject of the lecture series of the Prado’s new Academic Chair. The lecture will be given between November 2010 and April 2011 and the series is directed by Professor Salvatore Settis, director of the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, and author of a wide range of important publications. Between 1994 and 1999 Professor Settis was also director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, coordinating its scholarly activities and its relations with the international academic community.
The galleries housing the new display of the artist’s work were today the venue for the award-ceremony of the Velázquez Prize, presented to Doris Salcedo by Their Royal Highnesses, the Prince and Princess of Asturias.
The Museo del Prado will be exhibiting the eight mythological tapestries that comprise the only complete surviving example of this series on the loves of Mercury and Herse, one of the 246 tales recounted in the 15 books of Ovid’s great poem known as the Metamorphoses. For the first time since their dispersion in the early 20th century, the exhibition reunites these eight tapestry panels by Willem de Pannemaker, tapestry-maker and supplier to the royal courts of the Flemish Renaissance.
The Museo del Prado inaugurates its new galleries devoted to Spanish Medieval and Renaissance painting
The Museo del Prado inaugurates its new galleries devoted to Spanish Medieval and Renaissance painting, sponsored by Fundación AXA. This new stage in the Museum’s project to re-hang and expand its collection, known as The Collection. The Other Extension, is a significant one as it marks the completion of the presentation of the works located on the ground floor of the Villanueva Building, as envisaged in the project.
From tomorrow, the Museo del Prado will be offering visitors the unique and probably unrepeatable chance to see Velázquez’s Las Meninas (1656) alongside The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (1882) by John Singer Sargent. The latter has been loaned by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and is presented at the Museum as part of the “Invited Work” programme, which is sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado. The direct comparison established between the two masterpieces emphasises the evident influence of Velázquez’s celebrated painting on Sargent’s work. The two paintings can be seen together side by side for the next two and a half months.
Opening on 9 March, the Museo del Prado is presenting the exhibition "The Art of Power. The Royal Armoury and the Court Portrait" organized in collaboration with Patrimonio Nacional, Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior (SEACEX) and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.