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7/19/2021

The Prado is exhibiting Bust of a Woman by Picasso

Dating from 1943, this work is an outstanding example of Picasso’s response to the violence of World War II. Donated to American Friends of the Prado Museum through the generosity of Aramont Art Collection, the painting is now on display in the gallery devoted to El Greco, together with The Buffoon Calabacillas by Velázquez, two of the artists who most influenced Picasso’s work.

7/12/2021

The Museo Nacional del Prado recovers Velázquez original composition for The Spinners

One of the great masterpieces of European art, The Spinners by Velázquez, is presented with a new frame that hides the later 18th century additions to the canvas from view and allows the visitor to contemplate the composition as conceived by Velazquez. The work is integrated into an innovative installation specially designed for the masterpiece and incorporates new technical features for conservation. The recovery of Velazquez’s composition marks the first action of the “Reframing the Prado” project which aims to develop new solutions and adequate framing features for the best presentation of the Prado’s collection. “Reframing the Prado” is supported by American Friends of the Prado Museum thanks to the generous sponsorship of the American Express Foundation. 

6/28/2021

The Museo Nacional del Prado adds to its exhibits a Picasso from the Aramont Art Collection donated by the Arango Montull family to American Friends of the Prado Museum

The Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum in its annual meeting approved today the deposit and exhibition of Buste de Femme 43, by Pablo Picasso from 1943.  The painting is a donation to American Friends of the Prado Museum from the Aramont Art Collection of the Arango Montull family. The Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum also accepted the generous donation of the Portrait of Philip III  by Velázquez by American Friends of the Prado Museum which had been deposited at the Prado since 2016. Javier Solana, Chairman of the Board, stated “American Friends’ actions are certainly great news for Spain and all those who visit our country attracted by our artistic and cultural heritage.  A painting from one of our greatest artistic geniuses which up to now had been in a United States’ private collection will be displayed in public thanks to the Arango Montull Family’s and American Friends’ generosity, for all of those who love Picasso’s work, our museums and culture.” In addition, during the annual meeting the Board of Trustees approved the financial results for 2020 impacted by the health crisis associated with the world pandemic and resulting in an annual loss of 18,5 million euros.  Miguel Falomir, Director of the Prado Museum, indicated “the Museum has been able to overcome great challenges continuing to operate effectively while maintaining its activities and excellence which make the Prado a Spanish cultural jewel internationally.     

6/8/2021

The Museo Nacional del Prado is presenting its latest acquisition: The Goddess Juno by Alonso Cano

The collection of works by Alonso del Cano in the Prado, comprising 19 paintings and more than 30 drawings, the majority on religious subjects, has now increased with this new acquisition. The painting is exceptional in the context of Spanish art of its time given that mythology was a relatively rare genre in comparison to the works of other types produced by most Spanish painters of this period. First presented at a conference in 1997, the painting can be associated with a Pallas recorded in 1657 in the inventory of the possessions of Margarita Cajés, daughter of the painter Eugenio Cajés, from whose widower it was purchased by Juan Antonio de Frías y Escalante, a follower of Alonso Cano. Its display at the Museum is accompanied by a drawing by Cano of a reclining female nude which offers another outstanding example of the degree to which the artist was aware of the great tradition of mythological painting while offering his own interpretation of it.

4/19/2021

The Museo Nacional del Prado launches its first Virtual Tour in Spanish and English

Thanks to Gigapixel Second Canvas technology, which offers the maximum image quality currently available for a virtual tour, virtual visitors can now explore the rooms of the exhibition Mythological Passions, an event that is benefiting from the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA. In addition to enjoying a non-guided visit around the galleries and works, this Virtual Tour also offers a short Guided Tour led by Alejandro Vergara, one of the exhibition’s curators. This virtual survey of mythological love through 29 works by the greatest figures of European painting offers a maximised, millimetric level of zoom for 7 of the paintings - Venus and a Musician and Danaë and the Shower of Gold by Titian; The Garden of Love, Diana and Callisto and The Three Graces by Rubens; Venus and Adonis by Veronese; and The Spinners by Velázquez - which shows far more than the human eye can see, including brushstrokes, craquelure, the artist’s signature, etc., as well as a short, text-based account of the works that provides interesting information about them. This exceptional Gigapixel Virtual Tour is available on the Museo del Prado’s website in Spanish and English for 2.50 Euros, which is the same price as the audio guide that accompanies an on-site visit. At the same time, the website continues to offer all the information on this exhibition free of charge, including a presentation of it by its curators.

3/16/2021

The Museo Nacional del Prado pays tribute to its own history with a permanent installation

This new display, produced with the collaboration of Samsung, offers visitors a survey of the more than 200-year history of Spain’s leading cultural institution while also enhancing the quality of the museum’s discourse. Curated by Víctor Cageao, Director of Buildings and the Natural Environment at Patrimonio Nacional and formerly General Coordinator of Programming at the Museo del Prado, with the support of the documentalist Teresa Prieto, this display occupies Rooms 100, 101 and 102 (all original spaces by Villanueva) which have been completely remodelled according to a design by the architect Desirée González. Among the 265 items on display are more than 50 photographs, including numerous early ones, 9 architectural models, documents, postcards, prints, plans and objects from the everyday life of the museum which together introduce visitors to the Prado’s more than 200 years of history. Particularly notable exhibits record the appointment of Picasso as Director of the Museum; the award of the Princess of Austurias Prize to the Museum in 2019; a poster with the prices of entry tickets from the 1920s; and a cupboard with old restoration tools and equipment.

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