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The Prado Museum opens its north Ionic gallery with a permanent display reviewing over twenty centuries of sculpture

The Museo Nacional del Prado has architecturally refurbished the space of the north Ionic gallery, located next to the Central Gallery on the first floor, to increase the visibility of sculpture and decorative arts in its permanent collection. The resulting display gallery includes 56 outstanding works spanning from Ancient Egypt and the Roman world to the Renaissance and Baroque. The intervention recovers the essence of the proposal of Alejandro Sureda who in 1881 conceived this space for sculpture exhibition.


The Prado pays tribute to Ukraine’s museums

Two awnings in the colours of the Ukrainian flag will be displayed on the Prado’s main façades to draw attention to the country’s principal museums. The director of the Andrey Sheptysky Museum (Lviv) will be taking part in the Museum’s regular live Instagram broadcast. Ukrainian will be one of the languages available on the Prado’s audio guides that explain its greatest masterpieces. The Ukrainian ambassador and a group of fellow citizens currently hosted by the Red Cross will launch these audio guides with a tour of the galleries. The young resident pianist Cristina Sanz Hernán will be giving a recital in the Villanueva Building at 12 noon, 1 pm and 4 pm. Finally, entry to the Museum is free throughout the day.


For the first time, the Museo del Prado is linking painting to the sense of smell

On display until 3 July in Room 83 of the Villanueva Building, The Sense of Smell, a painting by Jan Brueghel and Rubens, is the focus of The Essence of a Painting. An Olfactory Exhibition, curated by Alejandro Vergara, Chief Curator of Flemish Painting and the Northern Schools at the Museo Nacional del Prado, and Gregorio Sola, Senior Perfumer at Puig and an academician of the Perfume Academy, who has created ten fragrances associated with elements in the painting. Brueghel’s work, which evokes the garden of rare trees and plants belonging to Isabel Clara Eugenia and her husband in early 17th-century Brussels, depicts more than 80 species of plants and flowers, as well as various animals associated with the sense of smell, such as the scent hound and civet, and a range of objects relating to the world of perfume, including scented gloves, vessels  holding fragrant substances, a perfume burner warmed in a sumptuous brazier, and vessels for distilling essences. Video of the exhibition on the official YouTube channel of the Museo Nacional del Prado:​


The Museo Nacional del Prado is presenting Annibale Carracci. The frescoes from the Herrera Chapel

This exhibition, which is benefiting from the sponsorship of the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado and the collaboration of the City Council of Madrid for its showing at the Prado, reunites until June 12,  a group of exceptionally important wall paintings (last seen together in 1833) which can be considered the great unknown work in Annibale Carracci’s oeuvre: the surviving frescoes from the chapel of Juan Enríquez de Herrera’s family in the church of San Giacomo degli Spagnoli in Rome. The recent restoration of the seven frescoes housed in the Prado and the collaboration of the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and the Gallerie Nazionali di Arte Antica Palazzo Barberini in Rome have allowed these works to be studied, researched and reassessed. The special installation for their display in the exhibition allows visitors to appreciate the original location of the works at different heights in the chapel and what the decorative scheme as a whole would have looked like. Curated at the Prado by Andrés Úbeda, Associate Director of Curatorship at the Museo Nacional del Prado, the exhibition will open to the public on March 8 and will travel to the MNAC in July, then finally to the Palazzo Barberini in November.


The Museo Nacional del Prado joins International Flamenco Day

Today November 16th, is International Flamenco Day, it recalls the declaration of flamenco as part of Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Museo Nacional del Prado wishes to join this celebration by publishing a video, directed by Antonio Najarro, that reflects the bond between two of the most representative and international emblems of our identity to open the doors to culture: the Prado collections and flamenco. You can enjoy the final piece in the Museo Nacional del Prado’s official YouTube channel.


The Prado is presenting a survey of the artistic culture of Latin America which reached Spain in the Early Modern age

Return Journey. Art of the Americas in Spain, sponsored by Fundación AXA, recounts a little known phenomenon: the fact that following the conquest of Latin America and until its independence, more works of art arrived in Spain from that continent than from Flanders or Italy and that the movement of works was not one-directional, from Spain to Latin America, as is generally suggested. These thousands of objects, many of them created by indigenous or mestizo artists, often make use of materials, subjects and techniques unknown in Spain, while their creation reflects a range of intentions: reaffirmation of the dominance of the imperial power or the identitary aspirations of the Creole elites, as well as documentary, devotional and aesthetic reasons. The exhibition, which also benefits from the collaboration of the Committee for Viceregal Art of the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, features more than 100 works from Latin America which have been housed in Spanish cultural and religious institutions for centuries: objects that have become part of both Spain’s everyday experience and its historical and cultural heritage, even though all trace of their origins has sometimes been lost. A number of the exhibits were formerly in the Spanish royal collections, displayed in the same palaces that housed canvases by Rubens and Velázquez, a reality that has not previously been acknowledged by the Museo del Prado. The present exhibition aims to remedy this and to offer a richer and more complex vision of the circulation and reception of artistic objects in Spain in the Early Modern age. The exhibition, which can be seen until 13 February in Rooms A and B of the Jerónimos Building, allows visitors to discover the culture of the South American viceroyalties, with a particular focus on the symbolic and iconographic values of these objects and those attributed to them by the societies to which they were sent. 63 national and 3 international lenders have contributed to the organisation of this exhibition through the loan of 95 of the 107 works on display, created in Peru, Colombia, Mexico and elsewhere. Of these exhibits, 26 have been specially restored for the exhibition. Furthermore, the fact that 25 of Spain’s provinces have loaned works indicates the geographical scope of the exhibition.