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The Prado is extending “Reunited”

The Central Gallery in the Villanueva Building is the principal axis of this display, which received more than 100,000 visitors in July and August, most of them local people from Madrid. Due to current restrictions and the special visiting conditions deriving from the Covid-19 pandemic, the maximum number of visitors to the galleries will remain at 2,500 a day. The Museo del Prado is working on the inauguration of “Uninvited Guests”, the first exhibition to focus on the role of women in the Spanish art system in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Featuring some of the most important works produced by women artists in this period, the exhibition was postponed after the declaration of the state of alarm in Spain. The Museum is also working on the gradual reopening of its other spaces, depending on how the present situation evolves.


The Museo del Prado is reopening with a spectacular new installation of its permanent collection

The Central Gallery, an extensive architectural space flooded with natural light, now becomes the principal axis for this new hanging which includes the majority of the collection’s most iconic works, offering a unique and unprecedented experience. Juxtaposed for the first time, The Annunciation by Fra Angelico and The Descent from the Cross by Rogier van der Weyden welcome visitors to an installation particularly rich in exceptional dialogues. The two versions of Saturn by Goya and Rubens can now be seen side by side while Las Meninas and The Spinners share space in Room XII alongside an exceptional “polyptych” of Velázquez’s Buffoons. “Reunited” remains on view until 13 September and has involved the relocation of more than 190 works. It evokes the type of display that existed when the Museo del Prado first opened to the public. During this present phase the number of daily visits will be set at a third of the galleries’ normal capacity. Furthermore, this installation is located in the Museum’s largest and most important spaces in order to meet official health requirements to the maximum degree and to ensure a safe environment for visitors and staff.


The Prado Museum without borders

Employees of the Prado Museum invite users to tour the greatness of its collection through the website in 9 different languages. Curators, staff from Institutional Relations, Communications, Visitor Services, etc . welcome in the native language the many users who, during these days, find company in the Prado #PradowithYou. Spain, Italy with a 481% increase, Mexico, Rusia and Argentina are the countries that have most visited the Prado, via website, during the month of March.


Almost 2 million people visit the Prado during the confinement

The number of visitors to the Prado's website, supported by Telefónica, has increased a 258%. Compared with the month of February there has been a 125% increase in social media. Spain, Italy with a 481% increase, Mexico, Rusia and Argentina are the countries that have most visited the Prado, via website, during the month of March. The Prado stories in Instagram have had 1581500 views, an increase of 3710% in comparison with February.


The Museo Nacional del Prado will increase its online activity during this closing period

The Prado will maintain its internal activity to ensure that it can meet its programmed calendar and will also prepare online educational activities. The Museum will now present a one hour increase on its daily online social media to show the collection, as well as lesser known spaces and activities.  


Reframing the Prado

American Express Foundation sponsors American Friends of the Prado Museum making possible a new initiative to improve the Prado Museum’s permanent collection exhibition and incorporate new preventative conservation measures. The Spinners by Velázquez, one of the masterpieces of European art, will be the first painting to benefit from the project. Its new frame will cover the historic additions to the canvas from view allowing the visitor to better understand the original composition as intended by the great master.