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The Museo del Prado presents IN LAPIDE DEPICTUM. Italian painting on stone, 1530-1555

The Museo del Prado is presenting an exceptional exhibition in terms of both the unusual nature of the material and its fragility, due to which some of the works on display are scarcely known to the public. IN LAPIDE DEPICTUM. Italian painting on stone, 1530-1555, shown in Room D of the Jerónimos Building until 5 August, brings together a selection of nine paintings on monochrome stone (slate and white marble) by Italian painters such as Sebastiano del Piombo, Titian, Daniele da Volterra and Leandro Bassano, which reflect the consolidation of a new approach to artistic techniques that emerged in the early decades of the 16th century. They are displayed alongside classical Roman works and specimens of natural stone that provide a context for the relationship between painting and natural history, geology and archaeology. Three of the works from the Prado’s own collection selected for the exhibition have undergone lengthy and complex restoration, funded by Fundación Iberdrola España as Protector Sponsor of the Museum’s Restoration Programme.


The Museo del Prado and the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum are presenting the exhibition Rubens. Painter of Sketches

The Museo del Prado and the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum are presenting the exhibition Rubens. Painter of Sketches. Sponsored by Fundación AXA and with the collaboration of the Government of Flanders, it offers an analysis of Rubens as the most important painter of oil sketches in the history of European art. Of the nearly 500 oil sketches executed by Rubens over the course of his career, this exhibition includes 73 loaned from leading institutions world-wide, including the Louvre, the Hermitage, the National Gallery and the Metropolitan Museum, and also from the collections of the Prado and the Boijmans (which have two of the largest holdings of this type). On display for four months in Room C of the Jerónimos Building, the sketches are shown alongside a number of prints, drawings and paintings by Rubens which provide a context for them, bringing the total number of works on display to 93. Following its showing at the Prado, Rubens. Painter of Sketches will travel to the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in September.


The Museo del Prado is taking an exhibition on Velázquez to Japan

Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: the Golden Age in the Museo del Prado comprises 61 paintings relating to Velázquez, the Spanish royal collections and Golden Age Spanish painting. Opening on 24 February at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, it will subsequently be shown at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe. The Museo del Prado’s longstanding and fruitful relationship with The Yomiriui Shimbun allowed for the signing of an agreement to organise this exhibition on Velázquez during the State visit to Japan in April 2017 of Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain and in the presence of His Majesty the King and Prime Minister Abe.


The Museo del Prado is presenting the documentary The Spirit of Painting, directed by Isabel Coixet

The Museo del Prado is presenting a documentary produced by Miss Wasabi Films for the Prado with sponsorship from Samsung The Frame and the participation of Movistar+. The film takes viewers on a journey through the artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s fascinating process of creating and producing his work for the exhibition The Spirit of Painting. Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado, which is on display at the Museum until 4 March. The film, which documents the artist’s relationship with the spirit and spirituality of El Greco and his dialogue with the great masters in the Prado, will be first shown on Movistar Xtra on Monday 29 January at 10am and will be out on DVD in February.


The Museo del Prado and Telefónica are collaborating to make the archive that documents the Museum’s nearly 200 years of history available on its website

Thanks to the support of Telefónica as a Benefactor Sponsor of the Visitor Services and other Users improvement programme, the Museo del Prado is now the first Spanish museum and one of the few in the world to make its historical archive available online. By doing so it is leading the way in free access to information by making it possible to consult both its collection of works of art and the contents of its archive online. This initiative offers nearly 12,000 digitalised documents, including: the Museum’s ground plan and elevation; the list of the paintings on display in the Sala Francesa in 1887; the appointment of Pablo Picasso as the Prado’s director in 1936; and the personal archives of the Madrazo family, of Valentín Carderera, one of the leading figures in the Spanish 19th-century art world, and of Salvador Viniegra, deputy director of the Museum between 1890 and 1898.


The Museo del Prado and Fundación AXA are presenting Fortuny (1838-1874)

The Museo del Prado and Fundación AXA are presenting Fortuny (1838-1874), the first retrospective exhibition at the Prado to be devoted to Mariano Fortuny, Spain’s most internationally celebrated 19th-century artist and a true innovator in all the fields of art that he practiced. The exhibition, on display in Rooms A and B of the Jerónimos Building, is both exceptional and unrepeatable, spanning all the different phases of this Catalan artist’s career as a painter, watercolourist, draughtsman and printmaker. In addition, for the first time it also focuses on Fortuny’s activities as a collector of antiques and antiquities, which undoubtedly had a direct influence on the textures, colour and light in his paintings. The Museum has assembled 169 works, around 30 from its own important holdings and the rest from European and American collections and museums and from private collections. Of these, 67 have never been exhibited outside the institution or collection that normally houses them and 12 are totally unknown to the public. In addition, the accompanying catalogue includes nearly 400 illustrations of works, 70 never previously reproduced.