Their Royal Heighnesses, the Prince and Princess of Asturias, inaugurated today the major exhibition on Francis Bacon (1909-1992) organised to coincide with the centenary of the artist's birth. The exhibition, which will open to the public tomorrow, Tuesday 3 February has been organised in collaboration with the Prado by the Tate Britain in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where it will be shown after Madrid. In contrast to London and New York, where Bacon’s work has been regularly shown over the last 40 years, the artist has only been the subject of one interesting but relatively small exhibition in Madrid consisting of 17 new works of the time, shown at the Fundación Juan March in 1978. For this reason the present event is of particular significance to Madrid and also constitutes a unique and heartfelt homage to Bacon, who regularly visited the Prado in the last years of his life and who died in Madrid on 28 April 1992.
With the launch of a new project by Google, the Museo del Prado becomes the first museum in the world to offer high-resolution images of its masterpieces for access and navigation on the Internet. These images will reveal details invisible to the naked eye of paintings such as Las Meninas and The Three Graces.
His Majesty the King inaugurated the exhibition "Among Gods and Men. Classical Sculptures from the Albertinum in Dresden and the Museo del Prado"
HM the King inaugurated today the exhibition Among Gods and Men. Classical Sculptures from the Albertinum in Dresden and the Museo del Prado in which the Prado presents for the first time outside Germany the key works of one of the best collections of historical sculpture in Europe, the Skulpturensammlung Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. The exhibition, labelled by the Directors of both institution as exceptional, due to the fragility of the works and transportation difficulties taking into account the dimensions and weight of many of the pieces, runs through 12 April.
The Museo del Prado and the Museo de Arte de Ponte, Puerto Rico, have reached an agreement to display a major selection of 19th-century British paintings from the Museo de Arte de Ponte in the Prado.
Plácido Arango, president of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo del Prado, Miguel Zugaza, director of the Prado, and other senior representatives of the Prado today met the members of the Board of Trustees of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, led by its president, María Luisa Ferré, and the Museum’s director, Augustín Arteaga. They had travelled to Spain in order to sign the agreement that will allow the Prado to present the exhibition The Sleeping Beauty. Victorian Painting from the Museo de Arte de Ponce
Caja Inmaculada is opening its headquarters in Zaragoza with a new travelling exhibition from the Museo del Prado, devoted to the still life
The Autonomous Region of Aragón thus becomes the starting-point for the second phase in the Travelling Prado programme. The first part of this programme involved the presentation of two exhibitions, The Spanish Portrait in the Prado: from El Greco to Goya, and The Spanish Portrait in the Prado: from El Greco to Sorolla, each shown in six different locations around Spain. These exhibitions received a total of 582,020 visitors, a figure that demonstrates the success of an initiative that was first launched in March 2006.
The Museo del Prado studies the attribution of The Colossus to Goya’s contemporary and assistant Asensio Juliá
Update on research on The Colossus
Starting this week, the new issue of Prado magazine will be available in the Museum's shop. This magazine, the first issue of which was published last year, is a biligual publication in Spanish and English with contributions signed by prestigious guests such as, in this issue, the photographers Gianni Berengo Gardin and Attilio Maranzano, the essayist, poet and playwright Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Príncipe de Asturias Award for Communications and Humanities in 2002, or the architect and Professor Juan José Lahuerta, amongst others The magazine includes the documentary in DVD Patinir and the Invention of Landscape.
Over the course of 2007, the Museo del Prado received 2,652,924 visitors. This figure reflects both the general increase evident over the past few years, which has been directly related to the Museum’s major temporary exhibitions, and the interest aroused by the new expansion, which was completed and inaugurated in 2007.
Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain and Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias, accompanied by the President of the Government, the Minister of Culture and other dignitaries open the extension of the Museo del Prado.