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Miguel Zugaza announces his decision to reassume the directorship of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum next year

This morning, Miguel Zugaza informed the Permanent Committee of the Royal Board of Trustees of his decision to conclude his term next year as director of the Museo del Prado after fifteen years in the position. He also announced his intention to reassume the post of director of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum on the retirement of its present director.


The Museo del Prado presents a monographic exhibition of works by Master Mateo for the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Organised by: the Museo del Prado, the Real Academia Gallega de Bellas Artes, and the Fundación Catedral de Santiago, with the collaboration of the Xunta de Galicia, the Xacobeo, the Consorcio de Santiago and the Provincial Council of La Coruña. On display in Rooms 51 and 51B in the Museo del Prado’s Villanueva Building is an exhibition on Master Mateo and his work for the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, co-organised with the Real Academia Gallega de Bellas Artes, and the Fundación Catedral de Santiago.The exhibition brings together an exceptional group of fourteen works that were removed in the past from their original location (the west façade and choir) and are now housed in the cathedral museum and in different institutions and private collections. Notable among them are the recently restored sculptures of David and Solomon, and a Statue-column of a male figure holding a cartouche that was found last October inside the cathedral’s south tower, a discovery that represents an enormous advance in our knowledge of Master Mateo’s activities in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.The exhibition also offers visitors the chance to access material that provides a context for the works on display through the tablets made available thanks to sponsorship by Samsung as a technological collaborator of the Museum.


Architects Norman Foster and Carlos Rubio winners of the projects competition to remodel the Hall of Realms

The Museo del Prado will be exhibiting the winning proposal and those of the other 7 teams of finalists from 1 December.


The Museo del Prado is inaugurating Ribera. Master of Drawing, an exhibition co-organised with the Meadows Museum

To coincide with the publication of the first complete catalogue raisonné of Ribera’s drawings, co-published by Fundación Focus and the Meadows Museum, the Museo del Prado is presenting an exhibition that aims to reveal the variety of Ribera’s drawings, his technical skill and the remarkable originality of his subject matter. Among the approximately 50 drawings included in the exhibition are the exquisite Achilles among the Daughters of Lycomedes from the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, The Risen Christ appearing to the Virgin from the Kent History and Library Centre, and Hercules at rest from Malta (the latter two sheets not previously exhibited in Spain), displayed alongside ten paintings and a small group of etchings and engravings. The works in the exhibition have been loaned by American and European institutions and private collections. While Ribera’s drawings have appeared in a number of temporary exhibitions on drawing and on Spanish and Neapolitan art in the last few years, this is the first time since 1992 that they have been the subject of a monographic presentation.


With the exhibition "Meta-painting. A Journey to the Idea of Art" the Museo del Prado is offering a new approach to its collection

The Museo del Prado, with the sponsorship of Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado and the collaboration of the Comunidad de Madrid, is presenting an exhibition that offers a self-reflexive gaze on art and painting, on display in Rooms A and B of its Jerónimos Building. Curated by Javier Portús, Chief Curator of Spanish painting at the Museo del Prado, this selection of 137 works (paintings, drawings, prints, books, medals, examples of the decorative arts, and sculptures), the majority dating between the early 16th and late 19th centuries, offers visitors a unique journey to the idea of art from the Renaissance to the modern age through the work of Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Murillo and Goya, among others.Principally consisting of works from the Prado’s own collections, including masterpieces such as The Spinners by Velázquez, Meta-painting offers a wide-ranging and rigorous reflection on the theme of art’s representation of itself, particularly with regard to painting.