The Museo del Prado presents The Young Ribera, a survey of Ribera’s activity during his period in Rome and in the years following his arrival in Naples in 1616. This is a period of Ribera’s career that was almost completely unknown until recently and one that is the subject of an extremely interesting debate among art historians. Featuring more thirty two works, the exhibition will allow for comparisons between the most important paintings currently considered to date from the period in question and will focus on their dating and role in the development of Roman Caravaggesque painting in the second and third decades of the 17th century. Among the works on display is The Raising of Lazarus, acquired by the Museo del Prado in 2001 and now considered to be one of the key reference points in the debate on Ribera’s early artistic activities.

San Sebastián asistido por las santas mujeres José de Ribera. Óleo sobre lienzo, 180,3 x 231,6 cm h. 1619 - 1622. Bilbao, Museo de Bellas Artes


A new temporary display at the Prado offers a selection of works from the Museum’s 19th-century collections, shown in the “collections presentation room”. This space has been designed to allow for changing displays of 19th-century works that are not normally exhibited to the public and which have been selected for their exceptional quality and interest. Taking advantage of this new gallery, which is located at the end of the 19th-century section, the Museum is now presenting a particularly fine group of watercolours by the great Catalan master Mariano Fortuny and his pupils and followers. Entitled Fortuny and the Splendour of Spanish Watercolours in the Prado, it features thirteen works by the best Spanish watercolourists of the 19th century, revealing the peak of technical perfection that they attained in this technique. The display offers an exceptional opportunity to see these works, given that they are not on permanent display due to the delicate materials of which they are

Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (1838-1874), Menippus, copy of Velázquez,  1866. Watercolour on paper, 620 x 470 mm. Ramón de Errazu Bequest 1904 [D-7416]


The Museo del Prado presents the exhibition Chardin, a comprehensive survey of the work of Jean Siméon Chardin (1699-1779). Chardin is one of the leading names in 18th-century French painting but has never been the subject of an exhibition in Spain, which only houses three of his paintings, all in the Museo Thyssen. After being shown at the Palazzo dei Diamante in Ferrara, the exhibition will be presented in Madrid thanks to the sponsorship of Fundación AXA which, as was the case with the Turner exhibition, has allowed for the presentation of a major exhibition on a painter who has not previously been the focus of one in Spain. It comprises 57 paintings by this great master of the still life and of genre painting, including some works not shown in the version of the exhibition seen in Italy.

Basket of Wild Strawberries, oil on canvas, 38 x 46 cm. c. 1760. Paris, Private Collection


The sculptural group by Eduardo Barrón, sculptor, painter, curator and restorer of the Prado Museum between 1892 and 1911, date of his decease, will be exhibited temporarily in a privileged location in the Museum, with the aim to show to the public the results of its delicate restoration, sponsored by the Iberdrola Foundation, “protector member” of the restoration programme of the Prado.

Neron and Seneca (after the restoration process). Eduardo Barrón, cast in a mould, plaster 135 x 260 x 148 cm. 1904. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado


The State Hermitage Museum, the Museo del Prado and the State Society for Cultural Action [Sociedad Estatal de Acción Cultural] today signed the collaborative agreements for the celebration of the exhibitions "The Prado in the Hermitage" and "The Hermitage in th Prado", to be shown this year in Saint Petersburg and Madrid respectively within the context of the bi-lateral Spain-Russia Year 2011. The signing was presided over by the Spanish Minister of Culture.

From right to left: Juan José Herrera de la Muela, the Special Ambassador for Russia-Spain Year 2011;  Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum; Plácido Arango, President of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo del Prado; Ángeles González Sinde, the Minister of Culture; Alexander I. Kuznetsov, Russian Ambassador to Spain; Charo Otegui, President of the State Society for Cultural Action y Miguel Zugaza, Director of the Museo Nacional del Prado


By the end of 2010 and for the third year running, the Museo del Prado had more than 2.7 million visitors, a figure first achieved following the opening of the Museum’s extension. In addition, in 2010 the Museum’s website received 4,335,265 visits, representing a rise of 10.4% on 2009.



The Museo del Prado today published the first multi-interactive, online video relating to art. Entitled “Rubens 360º”, this initiative, which is a pioneering one in the context of museum websites, is another landmark within the Prado’s mission to make its collections and exhibitions accessible beyond the Museum’s physical space, while also expanding and increasing its educational and informational activities. This new initiative has been made possible through the support of Telefónica, Benefactor Sponsor of the Visitor Attention programme and has been created by the Spanish company that was also responsible for the development and treatment of the gigapixel images in the project entitled “Masterpieces from the Museo del Prado on Google Earth”. It makes use of the potential for interactivity and accessibility inherent within a wide range of information to present a comprehensive visual and intellectual summary of



The Museum is once again displaying the magnificent pair of paintings of Adam and Eve (1507) by Albrecht Dürer, following two years of intensive restoration to their pictorial surfaces and supports. The work on the two panels has benefited from the participation of a team of international experts, jointly co-ordinated by the Prado and the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles. The latter institution funded the restoration of the delicate panels on which the two paintings are executed, leading to the development of an ingenious technical solution in order to stabilise them. To draw public attention to the complex process of restoration carried out on both panels, they are now on show in a space other than their usual gallery, with a special installation sponsored by Iberdrola as their first project within the collaborative agreement signed today with the Prado for sponsorship of the Museum’s restoration programme.



The Museo del Prado is concluding its 2010 exhibition programme with an exhibition devoted to its collection of works by Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen, 1577-Antwerp, 1640). Its unique presentation has been specially designed to encourage the visiting public to enter the world of Rubens in an open-minded manner and to establish a dialogue between their own emotions and the power and creative richness of the artist. Using dramatic juxtapositions, the Museum will be displaying the 90 works that constitute its entire holdings of the artist’s works, which is the most important to be found in a single institution. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Prado is presenting an extensive documentary on Rubens that has again been created with the aim of making the artist more immediately accessible to the contemporary viewpoint.

The Three Graces Peter Paul Rubens


To mark the Bicentenary of the Independence movements in the South American republics, Fomento Cultual Banamex, Patrimonio Nacional, the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales (SECC) are presenting the exhibition Painting from the Viceroyalties. Featuring more than 100 works, it offers a visual reflection through the language of painting of the cultural relationship between Europe, in particular Spain, and the South American viceroyalties in the 16th and 17th centuries. The exhibition, curated by Jonathan Brown, is jointly held at the Palacio Real in Madrid and the Museo del Prado from 26 October 2010 to 30 January 2011. It will subsequently be shown in Mexico City at the Palacio de Cultura Banamex (Palacio de Iturbide) from 2 March to 30 June 2011.

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