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The Museo del Prado is presenting an unpublished work by Velázquez donated to American Friends by William B. Jordan

Portrait of Philip III, a painting recently attributed to Velázquez, has been donated to the non-profit organisation American Friends of the Prado Museum by William B. Jordan, a leading specialist in Spanish painting. With this donation American Friends of the Prado Museum is embarking on a direction determined by its mission to support the Museum and work closely with it, and the reception of this masterpiece represents a major event in its first year of existence. With the intention of reinforcing cultural ties between the United States and Spain through the Museo del Prado and its historic holdings, American Friends is now placing this magnificent work on deposit with the Prado for its display in the context of the permanent collection, contributing to a more complete and detailed understanding of Velázquez’s initial period as a royal portraitist.


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.