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2/6/2020

Reframing the Prado

American Express Foundation sponsors American Friends of the Prado Museum making possible a new initiative to improve the Prado Museum’s permanent collection exhibition and incorporate new preventative conservation measures. The Spinners by Velázquez, one of the masterpieces of European art, will be the first painting to benefit from the project. Its new frame will cover the historic additions to the canvas from view allowing the visitor to better understand the original composition as intended by the great master.

1/10/2020

“New publics, new narratives”, the key concept for the Museo del Prado’s activities in 2020

The role of women in painting and Colonial Art are the major exhibitions projects at the Museum in 2020. Mythological Passions, Carracci. The Herrera chapel, William Blake. Illustrations for the Divine Comedy, Marinus and The Cases for the Dauphin’s Treasure complete the programme of temporary exhibitions. Also continuing are the travelling exhibition programmes “The Prado on the Street”, “Touching the Prado” and “Art and Myth”. Educational activities, cultural action initiatives and technological advances aimed at reaching an ever broader public will all increase in number.

11/19/2019

Google Commemorates the Bicentenary at the Museo del Prado with a ‘Doodle’

Today, 19th November, the Museo Nacional del Prado celebrates its 200th Anniversary, and Google, the most popular search engine on the Internet, has devoted its ‘doodle’ to the Museum. This doodle can be seen on Google’s homepage in more than 30 countries. Furthermore, the Prado’s social media channels have published a promotional video to inform the Museum’s followers about the transformations that this cultural institution has undergone over the last 200 years, whilst the Museum has also set up the initiative #yoamoelPrado Furthermore, Javier Camarena has congratulated the Museo del Prado on its anniversary

11/18/2019

Goya. Drawings. "Only my Strength of Will Remains"

This major exhibition, which opens on the day the Museo Nacional del Prado celebrates its 200th anniversary, is the result of the work undertaken for the creation of a new catalogue raisonné of Goya’s drawings, made possible through the collaborative agreement signed by the Fundación Botín and the Museo del Prado in 2014. For the first time and in a unique and unrepeatable occasion, the exhibition brings together more than 300 of Goya’s drawings from both the Prado’s own holdings and from private and public collections world-wide. The result is a chronological survey of the artist’s work that includes drawings from every period of his career, from the Italian Sketchbook to those created in Bordeaux. In addition, the exhibition offers a modern perspective on the ideas that recur throughout Goya’s work, revealing the ongoing relevance and modernity of his thinking. Co-organised by the Fundación Botín and jointly curated by José Manuel Matilla, Chief Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museo Nacional del Prado, and Manuela Mena, Chief Curator of 18th-century Painting and Goya at the Prado until January 2019, the exhibition is on display in Rooms A and B of the Jerónimos Building until 16 February 2020.

10/8/2019

The Museo del Prado is once again at the forefront of museums online in its application of Artificial Intelligence to its collections

Thanks to sponsorship by Telefónica, the Museo del Prado is offering an expanded reading resource that adds historical context to the works and artists present in its collection from the 12th to the 19th centuries, thus enriching the Museum’s knowledge graph with other online sources such as Wikidata and Wikipedia. The works and artists in the Museum will also be shown in the form of a multi-layered Timeline that can be personalised by users and which includes, for example, events taking place at the time Velázquez was painting Las Meninas, philosophers and scientists who were contemporaries of Goya or the wars that took place during Rubens’s lifetime.

5/27/2019

The Museo del Prado presents the exhibition Fra Angelico and the rise of the Florentine Renaissance

Fra Angelico and the Rise of the Florentine Renaissance, an exhibition sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, analyses the artistic importance of the early Florentine Renaissance between approximately 1420 to 1430, with a particular focus on the figure of Fra Angelico, one of the great masters of this period. The exhibition, which includes 82 works loaned by more than 40 institutions in Europe and America, centres on The Annunciation in the collection of the Museo del Prado, which is now presented in all its splendour following its recent restoration. Shown alongside it are The Virgin of the Pomegranate, which recently entered the Museum’s collection, and an extensive group of works by the artist and by other painters of this period such as Masaccio, Masolino and Filippo Lippi, as well as sculptors including Donatello and Ghiberti. Curated by Carl Brandon Strehlke, Curator Emeritus at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a renowned expert on Fra Angelico and other Florentine Renaissance painters, the exhibition is on display in Rooms C and D of the Jerónimos Building until 15 September.

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