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The Museo del Prado is presenting the special programme to celebrate its Bicentenary

This Monday Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, don Felipe and doña Letizia, headed a meeting of the National Committee for the celebration of the Bicentenary of the Museo Nacional del Prado. During the course of this meeting the special programme of activities devised to celebrate the principal moments in the Museum’s history was approved. The events within this programme will aim to promote a reflection on the Museum’s past and present as well as looking ahead to its future through specific initiatives, among them the new architectural project for the Hall of Realms designed by Norman Foster, which will complete the so-called “Prado Campus”.


The challenge of white. Goya and Esteve, portraitists to the Osuna family

The Museo del Prado is presenting the Portrait of Manuela Isidra Téllez-Girón, future Duchess of Abrantes, painted in 1797 by Augustín Esteve y Marqués and recently acquired for the Museum with funds from the Óscar Alzaga Villaamil donation. The portrait is considered Esteve’s finest work in this genre as well as one of the most striking depictions of children in 18th-century Spanish art. It will be displayed alongside other portraits of the 9th Duke of Osuna, the Duchess and their children painted by this Valencian artist. The challenge of white, which brings together some of Esteve’s most important works from the Museo del Prado’s holdings and from various private collections, also includes the remarkable portraits that Francisco de Goya produced of the same members of the Osuna family. The exhibition remains on display until 1 October in Rooms 37 and 38 of the Villanueva Building.


Itinerary "The Other's Gaze". Spaces of Difference

From today until 10 September the Museo del Prado is presenting a new focus on its permanent collection through a specially devised thematic itinerary of works that encourages a reflection on the historical reality of same-sex relationships and non-normative sexual identities. The richness and diversity of the Prado’s collections allow for this new approach, which makes use of art-historical theory to analyse the most profound meaning of this selection of 30 works. Among them are iconic images such as Orestes and Pylades by the School of Praxiteles and David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio, as well as little-known works such as El Cid by Rosa Bonheur and El Maricón de la Tía Gila by Goya. The itinerary is structured into six different thematic routes based around various core displays and has the overall title of The Other’s Gaze. Spaces of difference. The project is organised in conjunction with the celebration of World Pride Madrid 2017 and is accompanied by a publication sponsored by the Region of Madrid.


On display for the first time in the Museum’s galleries Portrait of Philip III by Velázquez

On display for the first time in the Museum’s galleries is Portrait of Philip III by Velázquez, a work that has been donated by William B. Jordan to American Friends of the Prado Museum, which has ceded it to the Museum as a temporary deposit. Velázquez’s painting is displayed in the Prado’s principal gallery alongside Philip II offering the Infante don Fernando to Victory by Titian, which can now be seen following its recent restoration undertaken with the support of Fundación Iberdrola España, a Benefactor Member of the Museum’s Restoration Programme. Titian’s painting hung in the same room (the Salón Nuevo in the Alcázar in Madrid) as The Expulsion of the Moriscos by Velázquez, a painting directly connected with the new portrait of Philip III, which was executed as a study for it.


Invited Work. Farideh Lashai at the Museo del Prado

On display until September, the Museo del Prado and the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado are presenting the last work by the Iranian artist Farideh Lashai (Rasht, 1944 – Teheran, 2013), When I count, there are only you…but when I look, there is only a shadow (2012-13), a video installation inspired by Goya’s Disasters of War. Farideh removed the figures and modified the images in this iconic print series in order to present them accompanied by animated images which are projected onto them from a moving spotlight. This presentation offers a unique occasion to see Lashai’s work located alongside the prints by Goya that inspired them and between his Black Paintings and The 3rd of May. The result is a dialogue that reveals the ongoing relevance of Goya’s message two centuries later. The special loan of this installation falls within the Museum’s “Invited Work” programme, which is sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado. Since 2010 this programme has enriched a visit to the Museum by establishing terms of comparison that allow for a reflection on the works in the Prado’s own collection.


The Museo del Prado publishes the documentary film on the Hispanic Society of America on its YouTube channel

This documentary film, produced by the Museo del Prado and sponsored by the Fundación BBVA, complements the exhibition “Treasures of the Hispanic Society of America. Visions of the Hispanic World”. It is the first time that the Museo del Prado publishes a documentary film on its YouTube channel coinciding with the showing in the exhibition galleries.