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4/19/2021

The Museo Nacional del Prado launches its first Virtual Tour in Spanish and English

Thanks to Gigapixel Second Canvas technology, which offers the maximum image quality currently available for a virtual tour, virtual visitors can now explore the rooms of the exhibition Mythological Passions, an event that is benefiting from the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA. In addition to enjoying a non-guided visit around the galleries and works, this Virtual Tour also offers a short Guided Tour led by Alejandro Vergara, one of the exhibition’s curators. This virtual survey of mythological love through 29 works by the greatest figures of European painting offers a maximised, millimetric level of zoom for 7 of the paintings - Venus and a Musician and Danaë and the Shower of Gold by Titian; The Garden of Love, Diana and Callisto and The Three Graces by Rubens; Venus and Adonis by Veronese; and The Spinners by Velázquez - which shows far more than the human eye can see, including brushstrokes, craquelure, the artist’s signature, etc., as well as a short, text-based account of the works that provides interesting information about them. This exceptional Gigapixel Virtual Tour is available on the Museo del Prado’s website in Spanish and English for 2.50 Euros, which is the same price as the audio guide that accompanies an on-site visit. At the same time, the website continues to offer all the information on this exhibition free of charge, including a presentation of it by its curators.

3/16/2021

The Museo Nacional del Prado pays tribute to its own history with a permanent installation

This new display, produced with the collaboration of Samsung, offers visitors a survey of the more than 200-year history of Spain’s leading cultural institution while also enhancing the quality of the museum’s discourse. Curated by Víctor Cageao, Director of Buildings and the Natural Environment at Patrimonio Nacional and formerly General Coordinator of Programming at the Museo del Prado, with the support of the documentalist Teresa Prieto, this display occupies Rooms 100, 101 and 102 (all original spaces by Villanueva) which have been completely remodelled according to a design by the architect Desirée González. Among the 265 items on display are more than 50 photographs, including numerous early ones, 9 architectural models, documents, postcards, prints, plans and objects from the everyday life of the museum which together introduce visitors to the Prado’s more than 200 years of history. Particularly notable exhibits record the appointment of Picasso as Director of the Museum; the award of the Princess of Austurias Prize to the Museum in 2019; a poster with the prices of entry tickets from the 1920s; and a cupboard with old restoration tools and equipment.

3/8/2021

The first monographic exhibition on Marinus van Reymerswale is now opening at the Museo Nacional del Prado

Marinus: Painter from Reymerswale, on display in Room D of the Jerónimos Building from 9 March to 13 June with the sponsorship of Mitsubishi Corporation and the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, is the first monographic exhibition to be organised on this Netherlandish artist who worked in the first half of the 16th century. While many of his paintings are very well known and appreciated today from textbooks on economic history - the Flemish economic historian Raymond de Roover (1904-1972) was one of the first to associate money changers with the profession of banking in the 16th century and to illustrate them in his books - the artist’s life and work have been little studied in recent decades. The exhibition, which is curated by Christine Seidel, Curator of painting up to 1800 at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and the recipient of a Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson study grant at the Museo del Prado in 2018, has brought together 10 paintings by this enigmatic artist, three of them - from the Louvre, the Hermitage and the Fine Arts Museum in Ghent - not previously seen in Spain, in addition to books, prints and coins that add context to the images by the artist and reveal his working practice. From 2018 onwards the five works in the Prado’s collection were restored for the exhibition in the Museum’s restoration studio and are now presented together for the first time.

3/1/2021

Mythological Passions launches the Museo del Prado’s temporary exhibition programme

The exhibition Mythological Passions, which will be on display in Room C of the Jerónimos Building from 2 March to 4 July with the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA, offers a unique opportunity to see one of the greatest groups of mythological paintings created in Europe in the 16th and 17th century. Organised by the Museo Nacional del Prado, the National Gallery and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and curated by Miguel Falomir, Director of the Museo del Prado, and Alejandro Vergara, Chief Curator of Flemish and Northern Schools Painting at the Museo del Prado, the exhibition offers a survey of mythological love through the work of the greatest figures of European painting, represented by a total of 29 works. Among the most important loans to the exhibition are a painting of Venus and Cupid based on a drawing by Michelangelo, Perseus and Andromeda by Veronese, and Landscape in a Storm with Pyramus and Thisbe by Poussin. Particularly significant is the loan of five of the so-called poesie which Titian painted for Philip II, the sixth being in the Prado’s collection. These paintings are shown alongside iconic works from the Museum’s own collection, such as Velázquez’s The Spinners and The Three Graces by Rubens, which gain further context through this project.

1/20/2021

The Museo del Prado will be rearranging its permanent collection in 2021

The Museum’s activities programme will focus on the introduction of new narratives based on the Prado’s own collections. Mythological Passions and Marinus launch the temporary exhibition programme Colonial art is the subject of one of the most important exhibitions this year: Return Journey, an event that welcomes South American art to the Museum for the first time since its foundation Finally, the travelling exhibition programme will continue with The Prado on the Street, Touching the Prado, and Art and Myth. 

12/23/2020

Goya’s Countess of Chinchón is on display at the Museo del Prado following its restoration

With the collaboration of Fundación Iberdrola España, a Protector Sponsor of the Museo del Prado’s Restoration Programme, this quintessential example of the court portrait has been the subject of a lengthy process to consolidate the paint layer and remove the  oxidised varnish and dirt that had accumulated on the painting’s surface. This procedure has made it possible to once again appreciate the work’s original pictorial values and Goya’s masterly brushstrokes, which were previously concealed by a dark, yellowish film that made it difficult to grasp the depth and sense of space around the figure.

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