Through the 51 works on display, Rome in your Pocket offers an analysis of the study process of a group of young Spanish art students who, between 1758 and 1764, received grants from the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando to perfect their training in Rome. In addition to the six sketchbooks in the Prado’s collection by José del Castillo, Maella and a later one by Goya, the exhibition includes 21 lent by other Spanish and international institutions and 22 independent drawings. Together, this group offers a comprehensive vision of the artistic practice common to European culture at this period. Although the exhibition’s principal contents comprises sketchbooks that can only be displayed open at a single page, it also offers visitors the chance to access the entire content of the sketchbooks in the Prado’s collection on tablets available to visitors through a sponsorship agreement reached this morning with Samsung. As a result, this company has now joined the
The Museo del Prado presents the exhibition Velázquez and the family of Philip IV (8 October – 9 February 2014) sponsored by Fundación AXA which will offer for the first time an analysis of the artist’s activities as a portraitist during the last eleven years of his career in the service of the Spanish monarchy, and of the continuation of his endeavours in the work of his successors, his son-in-law Juan Bautista Martínez del Mazo and Juan Carreño, during the 1660s and 1670s. Twenty nine works will present the most important group of portraits executed at the Spanish court during this period, during which Velázquez painted Las Meninas, one of his greatest masterpieces. In addition, the copy of it by Martínez del Mazo, now in Kingston Lacy (The National Trust, UK), will be exhibited for the first time in Spain, among other works. The exhibition will also aim to encourage reflection on one of the most distinctive periods of Velázquez’s career and of the reign of
Virgin and Child enthroned (ca.1500) by Pedro Berruguete will be on display from today at the Museum in Room 57B of the Villanueva Building as the result of an agreement reached between José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, President of the Museo del Prado’s Royal Board of Trustees, and Ana Botella, the Mayoress of Madrid. One of Pedro Berruguete’s finest works, the panel has been on display since 2008 in the Museo de San Isidro in Madrid. With this new agreement, the Prado will be displaying it for five years within the context of its holdings of works by Berruguete, numbering around twenty paintings. In return for this gesture on the part of the City Council of Madrid, the Museum will be increasing the number of works from its collections that are on long-term deposit with municipal collections, adding eight more paintings including The Virgin of Atocha by Juan Carreño de Miranda, which will take the place of the Berruguete in the Museo de San Isidro.
Fundación Iberdrola increases its support of the Museo del Prado, becoming a Benefactor Member of the Museum
Thanks to the new, expanded degree of Fundación Iberdrola’s commitment to the Museo del Prado, which began in 2010 when it became the Protector Member of the restoration programme, the Museum will be updating the entire lighting system in the galleries of the permanent collection. Coinciding with the signing of this new agreement, the Museum has presented the painting Saint Jerome writing, recently attributed to Ribera, which will be seen for the first time after its restoration, once again undertaken with the support of Fundación Iberdrola.
To mark the recent addition to the Museum’s collections of Portrait of José Nicolás de Azara, one of Mengs’s finest portraits, the Prado has recreated the friendship and close collaboration that existed between the Neo-classical painter and his sitter, a leading exponent of the Spanish Enlightenment. This small exhibition, on display in Room 38 of the Villanueva Building until 13 October, consists of 24 works – paintings, sculptures, prints, medals and books – from the Museum’s own holdings or loaned from private collections.
From 12 June to 7 July 2013 the Museo del Prado will be exhibiting two exceptional examples of Japanese painting on paper, on display in its Central Hall. This installation has been made possible through the sponsorship of Mitsubishi Corporation. The two screens, representative of the Rimpa School, are Crane and Deer, loaned from the Seikado Bunko Art Museum in Tokyo, and Plants and Flowers of the Four Seasons and a Stream from the Tokyo National Museum. They will be seen in the Prado as part of its “Invited Work” exhibition programme. With the aim of providing a context for the Invited Work, on this occasion two Japanese screens of the Rimpa School, for the first time the Museo del Prado is exhibiting a selection of twenty-six, 18th- and 19th-century Japanese prints from its own collection. This unprecedented exhibition at the Museum in collaboration with Japan Tobacco International will be on display until 6 October in Room 60 of the Villanueva Building.
Rooms A and B, ground floor. Jerónimos Building Curator: Manuela Mena, Senior Curator Eighteenth-century Painting and Goya
The Museo Nacional del Prado is celebrating National Book Day 2013 in a special way, with the launch of the first official APP of the Museum: The Prado Guide for iPad
Aimed at a world-wide audience, this App is now available in five languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian and Portuguese, while from the end of May it will also be offered in German, Russian and Japanese. This App makes the “core” of the Collection available to everyone interested in the history of world art and is aimed at both the general user and experts. It features reproductions of 400 works in exceptionally high quality, accompanied by concise, rigorous and accessible texts written by a team of specialists coordinated by the Museum. First published in its printed version in 2008, 240,000 copies of The Prado Guide are currently in circulation in the 8 languages in which the App format is now also available.
For the first time outside the UK, The Spanish Line in the British Museum. Drawings from the Renaissance to Goya will present a group of 71 works from the collection of drawings by Spanish artists housed in the British Museum, considered one of the most important in the world due to the exceptional quality of the works. The collection offers a reflection of the highly refined taste that English collectors developed for Spanish art during the course of the 19th century. Only a few of these drawings have previously been seen in Spain and the present exhibition thus represents a unique opportunity to see a fascinating survey of the history of Spanish drawings in the galleries of the Museo del Prado. Sponsored at the Prado by its “Friends”, the exhibition was first seen at the British Museum at the end of last year and now arrives in Madrid with notable differences, although maintaining the overall chronological arrangement and sections devoted to regional schools. Within these
Opening this March, the Museo del Prado will be offering visitors a remarkable and probably unique opportunity to see almost every work that comprises the very small oeuvre of Juan Fernández El Labrador, one of the least known and most exquisite painters of the Spanish Baroque and an artist who specialised in still lifes. The five works by the artist in the Prado’s collection will be shown alongside others that have never previously been exhibited in Spain, including Still Life with Grapes, Quinces and dried Fruit from the British Royal Collection, and Still Life with Grapes, Acorns and a Glass with Apples from a private Barcelona collection. They are joined by four more works from private collections and the Museo Cerralbo.