From tomorrow, the Museo del Prado will be offering visitors the unique and probably unrepeatable chance to see Velázquez’s Las Meninas (1656) alongside The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (1882) by John Singer Sargent. The latter has been loaned by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and is presented at the Museum as part of the “Invited Work” programme, which is sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado. The direct comparison established between the two masterpieces emphasises the evident influence of Velázquez’s celebrated painting on Sargent’s work. The two paintings can be seen together side by side for the next two and a half months.

Las hijas de Edward Darley Boit. John Singer Sargent. Óleo sobre lienzo. 1882. Boston, Museum of Fine Arts. Gift of Mary Louisa Boit, Julia Overing Boit, Jane Hubbard Boit, and Florence D. Boit in memory of their father, Edward Darley Boit *Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Opening on 9 March, the Museo del Prado is presenting the exhibition "The Art of Power. The Royal Armoury and the Court Portrait" organized in collaboration with Patrimonio Nacional, Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural Exterior (SEACEX) and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.



The Museo del Prado is focusing on Dutch painting with the presentation of the temporary exhibition Dutch Painters at the Prado, as well as its latest “Invited Work”, Company of Captain Reijnier Reael loaned from the Rijksmuseum

Judith delivering the Head of Holofernes, Salomon de Bray. Oil on panel, 89 x 71 cm. 1636. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado


This October the Museo del Prado is presenting the first monographic exhibition on Juan Bautista Maíno, one of the most original but least known figures within Spanish painting of the first half of the 17th century. For the first time the exhibition, sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, will bring together almost all the artist’s known works, together with seven previously unknown ones and others by Spanish and Italian painters that will help to set Maíno’s paintings in an international and Spanish context.

Adoración de los Magos. Juan Bautista Maíno. Óleo sobre lienzo, 315 x 174 cm. 1611-1613. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado


In an unprecedented collaboration between the two institutions, the Prado will be launching the most ambitious educational programme of its history, aimed at schools and families. This new programme will officially last for four years (2009-2013) and will annually benefit more than 200,000 school-aged children. As a result of the agreement signed today, “la Caixa” will contribute 720,000 Euros to this programme as well as its own experience and educational methodology. The programme will begin next academic term and will encompass a wide-ranging and innovative range of visits to the collections aimed at Primary and Secondary-school children, as well as backup material for teachers and for families with children visiting the Museum.

Right to left: Isidro Fainé, President of "la Caixa" y de la Fundación "la Caixa", Ángeles González-Sinde, Minister of Culture y Plácido Arango, President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees


This morning Gabriele Finaldi, Associate Director of Curatorship at the Museo del Prado, and Santiago Palomero, General Deputy Director of State Museums, accompanied by Leticia Ruiz, the Prado’s El Greco curator, presented the special display of El Greco’s View and Plan of Toledo to the press. The canvas, which is one of El Greco’s most original works, painted shortly before his death, will be temporarily displayed at the Prado following its restoration at the Museum. It will be shown alongside three other works by the artist: Saint Sebastian, Saint Andrew and Saint Francis, and Saint Bernard, which also include partial views of Toledo.

Vista y plano de Toledo


The Museo del Prado is presenting the largest and most important retrospective ever to be devoted to the work of Joaquín Sorolla, the most internationally celebrated Spanish painter of the XIX century. The exhibition includes more than 100 paintings by the artist and will offer a comprehensive overview of his finest works, among them all of his great masterpieces. They include the group of panels entitled Visions of Spain, painted for the Hispanic Society of America and brought to Spain by Bancaja in 2007. This exceptional exhibition has benefited from the sponsorship of Bancaja, who in addition to their significant undertaking as organising body of the exhibition “Sorolla. Vision of Spain” that was shown to great acclaim in various Spanish cities, has now made a further contribution in the form of their collaboration with this major exhibition project at the Prado.

Joaquín Sorolla, The Horse’s Bath, Oil on canvas, 205 x 250 cm


The President of the French Republic, Nicolás Sarkozy, and his wife, accompanied by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofía, this afternoon saw the work that launches the Museo del Prado’s “Invited Work” programme. This is one of the most poetic and beautiful paintings by the Lorraine master Georges de La Tour and is normally to be seen in the Musée du Louvre. The tour also included a visit to the first thematic gallery that the Prado is devoting to the early Bourbons as part of its current project of rearranging and expanding its displays. Both the temporary exhibition of the painting from the Louvre, which will remain at the Prado for two months, and the new display of Bourbon portraits in the room that previously housed Goya’s 2nd and 3rd of May, are sponsored by Fundación AXA.



The Museo del Prado will be modifying its entry prices. This initiative has the dual aim of reducing the price of a pre-booked ticket on the internet, which will go down to 7 Euros, and raising the price of a general ticket bought at the Museum’s ticket desks, which goes up to 8 Euros. This innovative new formula is intended to encourage the use of pre-booking on the internet (on in order to make entry to the Museum easier and avoid the normal queues. This service is also available on tel: 902 10 70 77.

Puerta de los Jerónimos


The publication includes a number of works that will be incorporated into the new display of the Museum’s permanent collection over the course of the next few years

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