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Mythological Passions launches the Museo del Prado’s temporary exhibition programme

The exhibition Mythological Passions, which will be on display in Room C of the Jerónimos Building from 2 March to 4 July with the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA, offers a unique opportunity to see one of the greatest groups of mythological paintings created in Europe in the 16th and 17th century. Organised by the Museo Nacional del Prado, the National Gallery and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and curated by Miguel Falomir, Director of the Museo del Prado, and Alejandro Vergara, Chief Curator of Flemish and Northern Schools Painting at the Museo del Prado, the exhibition offers a survey of mythological love through the work of the greatest figures of European painting, represented by a total of 29 works. Among the most important loans to the exhibition are a painting of Venus and Cupid based on a drawing by Michelangelo, Perseus and Andromeda by Veronese, and Landscape in a Storm with Pyramus and Thisbe by Poussin. Particularly significant is the loan of five of the so-called poesie which Titian painted for Philip II, the sixth being in the Prado’s collection. These paintings are shown alongside iconic works from the Museum’s own collection, such as Velázquez’s The Spinners and The Three Graces by Rubens, which gain further context through this project.


The Museo del Prado will be rearranging its permanent collection in 2021

The Museum’s activities programme will focus on the introduction of new narratives based on the Prado’s own collections. Mythological Passions and Marinus launch the temporary exhibition programme Colonial art is the subject of one of the most important exhibitions this year: Return Journey, an event that welcomes South American art to the Museum for the first time since its foundation Finally, the travelling exhibition programme will continue with The Prado on the Street, Touching the Prado, and Art and Myth. 


Goya’s Countess of Chinchón is on display at the Museo del Prado following its restoration

With the collaboration of Fundación Iberdrola España, a Protector Sponsor of the Museo del Prado’s Restoration Programme, this quintessential example of the court portrait has been the subject of a lengthy process to consolidate the paint layer and remove the  oxidised varnish and dirt that had accumulated on the painting’s surface. This procedure has made it possible to once again appreciate the work’s original pictorial values and Goya’s masterly brushstrokes, which were previously concealed by a dark, yellowish film that made it difficult to grasp the depth and sense of space around the figure.


The Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch is “reunited” with visitors at the Museo del Prado

Room 56 A of the Villanueva Building, devoted to Jheronimus Bosch but closed since the Covid-19 crisis led to the temporary closure of the Museum, has reopened. Visitors can now see a new display that offers a clearer vision of the works and an optimal use of space. The gallery is also enhanced with a professional monitor that presents an animated sequence of surprising details of the works, some shown up to 12 times their original size.


The Museo Nacional del Prado is restarting its activities with Uninvited Guests

Uninvited Guests. Episodes on Women, ideology and the visual arts in Spain (1833-1931) is the first temporary exhibition to be organised by the Museo Nacional del Prado following its reopening on 6 June. It offers a reflection on the position of women and the various roles they played within the Spanish art system, from the reign of Isabel II to that of her grandson Alfonso XIII. Curated by Carlos G. Navarro, a curator in the Museum’s department of 19th-century painting, and with the sponsorship of Fundación AXA, this exhibition is on display in Rooms A and B of the Jerónimos Building until 14 March 2021. Structured into 17 sections, it features a selection of more than 130 works, the majority from the Prado’s own holdings plus others loaned from the royal collections of Patrimonio Nacional and from public and private collections. Most of these works were exhibited in international exhibitions or were awarded prizes at the National Exhibitions, which were established in 1853 to encourage Spanish art and present an ideological image of the nation.


The Prado is extending “Reunited”

The Central Gallery in the Villanueva Building is the principal axis of this display, which received more than 100,000 visitors in July and August, most of them local people from Madrid. Due to current restrictions and the special visiting conditions deriving from the Covid-19 pandemic, the maximum number of visitors to the galleries will remain at 2,500 a day. The Museo del Prado is working on the inauguration of “Uninvited Guests”, the first exhibition to focus on the role of women in the Spanish art system in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring some of the most important works produced by women artists in this period, the exhibition was postponed after the declaration of the state of alarm in Spain. The Museum is also working on the gradual reopening of its other spaces, depending on how the present situation evolves.