Starting this week, the new issue of Prado magazine will be available in the Museum's shop. This magazine, the first issue of which was published last year, is a biligual publication in Spanish and English with contributions signed by prestigious guests such as, in this issue, the photographers Gianni Berengo Gardin and Attilio Maranzano, the essayist, poet and playwright Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Príncipe de Asturias Award for Communications and Humanities in 2002, or the architect and Professor Juan José Lahuerta, amongst others The magazine includes the documentary in DVD Patinir and the Invention of Landscape.

Cover. Preparatory drawing by the sculptor Cristina Iglesias for the Doors of the Museo del Prado 's new extension


Over the course of 2007, the Museo del Prado received 2,652,924 visitors. This figure reflects both the general increase evident over the past few years, which has been directly related to the Museum’s major temporary exhibitions, and the interest aroused by the new expansion, which was completed and inaugurated in 2007.

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Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain and Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias, accompanied by the President of the Government, the Minister of Culture and other dignitaries open the extension of the Museo del Prado.



Following its sponsorship of the creation and installation of the Museum’s new website,, which offers new and universal access to the Museum, Telefónica is now consolidating its association with the Prado in its role as Benefactor with the intention of completely developing its Visitor Services programme over the next four years. Monday 15 October 2007



The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Culture, César Antonio Molina Thursday 26 July 2007



Rafael Moneo’s project, which has increased the size of the Museum by more than 50%, can be seen free of charge every Saturday and Sunday from 28 April to 1 July, as well as on 30 April and 2 and 15 May. This initiative has been organised by the Museum with the sponsorship of the two companies that carried out the construction work: Dragados and Constructora San José. The aim of these Open Days is to show the public the architecture of the new rooms before they go into use.

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Following an investment of 152 million Euros and 5 years and three months, Rafael Moneo’s project has enlarged the museum by more than 50%. The public will be able to visit the new rooms in the “open doors” days to be held on weekends from 28 April to 1 July.

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The Museo del Prado is exhibiting the Rosendo Naseiro Collection of still lifes which entered the Museum’s collection two months ago. This is the most important, specialised private collection in private hands world-wide and its incorporation into the Prado’s holdings makes the museum the principal point of reference for the Spanish still life. The exhibition, sponsored by BBVA, is structured chronologically and around the different thematic groups represented by the forty still lifes. The paintings will be displayed in a gallery adjoining the permanent display of Spanish still lifes.

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The Hispanic Society awarded the Sorolla medal last Thursday to Mr. Rodrigo Uría, chairman of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum - “Real Patronato del Museo del Prado” -, as a tribute to his efforts in the dissemination and conservation of Hispanic art and culture. His contributions include his leading role in the negotiations for the Spanish state to acquire the Thyssen collection and bringing Goya’s "Marquise of Santa Cruz" to the Prado Museum.

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The exhibition The Hidden Line aims to reveal the under-drawings present in some of the Museo del Prado's most important fifteenth- and sixteenth-century paintings. These are drawings executed by artists such as Bosch, Botticelli, Raphael and Fernando Gallego during the course of creating their paintings and at the stage prior to applying the paint. Such under-drawings, in black chalk, metal point, ink or charcoal, are obviously not visible to the human eye as they are concealed by the paint layers.

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