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Room 60, the “19th-century collections presentation gallery”, was specifically designed to offer rotating displays of works from that century selected for their outstanding quality and interest from among the Museum’s extensive holdings. Now on display is a group of eight portraits of children from the reign of Isabel II, of which particularly notable is the portrait of Raimundo Roberto and Fernando José, the sons of HRH the Infanta Josefa Fernanda de Borbón by Antonio María Esquivel, recently acquired by the Museum and a unique work within Spanish Romantic painting.
Yesterday, the Museo del Prado and Auckland Castle Trust signed a collaboration agreement by virtue of which will establish a programme to develop joint activities for the study and research of Spanish art and culture, through the creation of a fellowship programme and a Spanish Art Gallery.The collaboration of both institutions will help Auckland Castle become a centre of excellence for Spanish History of Art and Culture in the United Kingdom.The series of “Jacob and his Twelve Sons” by Zurbarán, which has hung for more than 250 years in Auckland Castle, the Palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham, in England, is the central inspiration for the foundation of Auckland Castle Trust, a charitable trust which includes among its projects the creation of an International Institute for Spanish art and culture which will comprise a research centre for Spanish art – the Zurbaran Centre in collaboration with Durham University with a new Professorship – and the Spanish Gallery, where works of art will be shown, and exhibitions and cultural activities developed.
The Museo del Prado is continuing with its commitment to introduce visitors to the generous donation made last year by Plácido Arango, now with a selection of works that brings together different depictions of a single subject, the Immaculate Conception, one of the most widespread themes among Spanish Golden Age artists.This special presentation, on display until 19 February in Room 10A of the Villanueva Building, includes the four Immaculate Conceptions donated by Plácido Arango in 2015 – two by Zurbarán, one by Mateo Cerezo and one by Valdés Leal; another version of this subject by Zurbarán that entered the Museum in 1956, which will be shown alongside its X-radiograph; and a new addition to the initial donation, an Immaculate Conception by Herrera the Younger which represents a significant contribution to the Prado’s holdings of works by this artist, who is only known from a relatively small oeuvre. To coincide with the exhibition the Museum has published a book with individual texts on each of the 26 works that make up the Arango Donation.
Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition closed yesterday with a total of 589,692 visitors.The exhibition to mark the 500th anniversary of Bosch’s death, presented with the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA and a final total of 589,692 visitors. During the course of this week the triptychs by Bosch in the Prado will return to the permanent collection for display in a special gallery now entirely devoted to the artist. This space will create the principal axis for a new installation of 15th- and 16th-century Flemish and Hispano-Flemish painting.The events to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death will culminate with the 6th Prado Chair, for which this year’s holder, Reindert Falkenburg, will focus on Bosch and his most important follower, Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
The Museo del Prado and Fundación BBVA wish to offer visitors every opportunity to visit "Bosch: The 5th Centenary Exhibition,” a unique event at which they can enter the imagination of one of the most fascinating and universal painters of all time. In this respect, more than 428.527 visitors have already enjoyed the exhibition. The show will therefore remain open until next 25 September, featuring special opening hours, given that, over the last two weekends, visitors can enjoy the exhibition up until midnight.In order to facilitate the purchase of tickets and avoid queues as time passes are required, we recommend visitors to purchase their tickets in advance by selecting the date and time of entry. These passes are available at both the ticket office and via the Internet (www.museodelprado.es).
These opening times also apply to the video installation Infinite Garden, specially created for Room C of the Museum and based on Bosch’s masterpiece The Garden of Earthly Delights. These new, longer opening hours for visiting the exhibition that marks the 5th centenary of the artist’s death and which benefits from the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA, represent a further extension to the special opening hours initially introduced (Fridays to Sundays) and have been implemented in response to the exceptional interest generated by the exhibition, which has already been seen by more than 185,000 visitors. There is also enormous interest in the documentary Bosch. The Garden of Dreams, which has so far been seen by 11,000 spectators, and more showings will now be programmed at the cinemas in Spain where it is currently running.