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The Museo del Prado is publishing its first comic to mark with the 5th centenary of Jheronimus Bosch. A book-length publication, it offers a combined narrative and visual approach to the work of this enigmatic artist.Triptych of the Enchanted (a Boschian pantomime) is part of the programme of activities and events organised in conjunction with Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition, which has benefitted from the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see more than 75% of this Netherlandish artist’s small surviving oeuvre of paintings and drawings.
The Museo del Prado is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Miguel Blay (Olot, 1866 – Madrid, 1936), one of the most important Spanish sculptors of the late 19th and first third of the 20th centuries, with an exhibition of several important works from a career that reflects the different trends prevailing in sculpture during his lifetime, principally Realism, Modernismo and Symbolism.
The competition to select the team that presents the best design for the remodelling of the building for primarily display use within the “Prado Campus” complex will consist of two phases: an open one and a second one for candidates selected from the first phase. Entry for the first phase is open until 21 April.
The Museo de Prado and Fundación AXA are presenting the most important exhibition to be held in Spain on Georges de La Tour (1593-1652), an artist who was forgotten after his death and was only rediscovered by art historians a hundred years ago. In France, La Tour is considered the most celebrated national artist of the 17th century and one of the most popular in French art of any period, alongside Monet, Renoir and Cézanne.The present exhibition comprises 31 paintings by La Tour, which is an exceptional number given that only around 40 by his hand survive. They have been loaned from prestigious international institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, of which the latter two museums are lending two of the artist’s most essential works, The Fortune Teller and The Cardsharps, respectively. Also fundamental for the organisation of this exhibition has been the generous contribution made by provincial French museums, which house an important number of works by La Tour, as well as the fact that the two recent acquisitions by the Prado of works by the artist (Saint Jerome reading a Letter and The blind Hurdy-gurdy Player) have made the Museum an international reference point for the study of this French painter.
A remarkable masterpiece in an excellent state of conservation, the painting will become one of the icons of the Museo del Prado. This acquisition has been completed with the personal donation by the Duke of Alba, Carlos Fitz-James Stuart y Martínez de Irujo, of another important panel that has recently been researched at the Prado and can now also be attributed to Fra Angelico.
For a period of three months, Room 34 of the Prado’s Villanueva Building will be displaying Goya’s portrait of Don Pedro de Alcántara Téllez-Girón y Pacheco, 9th Duke of Osuna, one of the most interesting works by the artist among those housed in the Frick Collection in New York.The special loan of this work falls within the context of the Museum’s “Invited Work” programme, an activity sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado since 2010 with the aim of further enriching a visit to the Museum and establishing points of comparison that allow for a reflection on the works in the Prado’s Permanent Collection.