The Museo del Prado has received Berruguete’s Virgin and Child enthroned

The Virgin nursing the Christ Child, Pedro Berruguete. Oil on panel, 61 x 44 cm. ca. 1500. Depósito del Ayuntamiento de Madrid, 2013

    Virgin and Child enthroned (ca.1500) by Pedro Berruguete will be on display from today at the Museum in Room 57B of the Villanueva Building as the result of an agreement reached between José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, President of the Museo del Prado’s Royal Board of Trustees, and Ana Botella, the Mayoress of Madrid. One of Pedro Berruguete’s finest works, the panel has been on display since 2008 in the Museo de San Isidro in Madrid. With this new agreement, the Prado will be displaying it for five years within the context of its holdings of works by Berruguete, numbering around twenty paintings. In return for this gesture on the part of the City Council of Madrid, the Museum will be increasing the number of works from its collections that are on long-term deposit with municipal collections, adding eight more paintings including The Virgin of Atocha by Juan Carreño de Miranda, which will take the place of the Berruguete in the Museo de San Isidro.

    Tuesday 23 July 2013

    In the presence of Miguel Zugaza, Director of the Museo del Prado, Concepción Dancausa, Deputy Mayoress and regional minister of Finance, and Pedro Corral, regional minister of Arts, Sport and Tourism, José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, President of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo Nacional del Prado, and Ana Botella, Mayoress of Madrid, today signed agreement that will allow for the display at the Prado of Virgin and Child enthroned by Pedro Berruguete. The painting, which has been on display in the Museo de San Isidro, will be shown in Room 57B at the Prado, which is one of the world’s leading art museums, fully contextualised within its period and within the Prado’s museological discourse. This deposit will last for five years and can be extended, as established in the terms of the agreement signed by the two institutions today.

    In response to the deposit of the painting on the part of the City Council of Madrid, the Prado has added to the group of forty paintings that it has on long-term deposit with the City Council (Museo de Historia), adding a further seven works that are directly related to the Madrid in terms of their subject matter. These are Mariana of Austria, anonymous artist; Philip V of Spain by Hyacinthe Rigaud; Prince Baltasar Carlos, studio of Velázquez; Barbara of Braganza, anonymous artist; Charles V and Philip II by Antonio Arias Fernández; and Drinkers seated at a table in the Café de Levante in Madrid, and Men talking in the Café de Levante in Madrid, both by Leonardo Alenza Nieto. In addition, the Prado is lending The Virgin of Atocha by Juan Carreño de Miranda, which will be displayed in the place of Virgin and Child enthroned in the Museo de San Isidro. In both artistic and iconographic terms this is an important work by the 17th-century Madrid painter Carreño, who was the most celebrated artist in the depiction of the Virgins of Atocha and Almudena.

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