José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, a distinguished figure within Spanish society due to his role in the creation of the Constitution of 1978 and an eminent lawyer, was today appointed President of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo Nacional del Prado following the completion of Plácido Arango’s term of office last July. This appointment was unanimously approved at the proposal of José Ignacio Wert, the Spanish Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, at the plenary session of the Museum’s principal governing body that took place this morning.
Present in Spain for the first time, Portrait of a Man from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a work attributed to Velázquez in 2009 following its restoration, will be exhibited at the Museo del Prado for more than three months. The loan is in honour of Plácido Arango, President of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo del Prado from 2007 to 2012, and is part of the Museum’s “Invited Work” programme sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado.
The Museo del Prado launches "Goya in the Prado", a website within its official website devoted entirely to Goya and one that will, for the first time, include the Museum’s entire and remarkable collection of works and documents by the artist. Until now the Prado’s Goya collection (which is the largest and most important in the world) had only been known in part through publications. With the support of Telefónica as Benefactor Sponsor of the Visitor Attention Service, and that of the Museum’s own online initiatives, the general public and specialists can now access the more than 1,000 works by Goya – paintings, drawings, prints and documents –housed in the Prado. This is an extremely important initiative given the way that it makes so many high-resolution images of the works available to the public, in addition to all the documentary references and factual information known to the Museum on this exceptional collection.
For the first time in Australia, the Museo del Prado is presenting three centuries of Spanish history through the works of its great masters
The Prado is presenting Portrait of Spain. Masterpieces from the Prado in Brisbane. This exhibition is the result of the agreement reached last year with Art Exhibitions Australia (AEA), a non-profit making organisation responsible for the organisation of major exhibitions in Australian museums, and the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), Brisbane. It is thus the latest in the Prado’s international exhibitions series, which benefits from the special collaboration of ACCIONA, one of the Museum’s Benefactor Members. The exhibition will include 100 works by the best artists represented in the Museum’s collection, including El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Goya and Sorolla. This is the first time that works of art from the Prado are travelling to Australia. Encompassing more than three centuries of art, the exhibition will be shown at one of the country’s leading museums, the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, from 21 July to 4 November.
The Museo del Prado has embarked on the restoration of six panels from the so-called “Triumph of the Eucharist” series, commissioned from Rubens by Isabel Clara Eugenia as models for tapestries for the convent of the Descalzas Reales in Madrid. This was one of the most important commissions received by Rubens. Following the restoration of the delicate supports of Dürer’s paintings of Adam and Eve in 2010, which involved the application of an ingenious technical solution to stabilise them, the Getty Foundation, through its “Panel Paintings Initiative”, is once again funding a complex conservation effort. Involving the participation of international experts coordinated by the Prado and the Getty, this Rubens project falls within the Prado’s Restoration Programme sponsored by Fundación Iberdrola.
Eduardo Arroyo. The Mystic Lamb, now presented at the Museo del Prado, constitutes a reflection by Arroyo on the contemporary meaning of the polyptych in Ghent painted by the brothers Hubert and Jan van Eyck. In Arroyo’s own words, his new interpretation is devoid of “imitation, copy, overcharged spirituality that descends into the grotesque, caricature or criticism.” The exhibition includes twenty-one drawings of the panels of The Mystic Lamb or Ghent Altarpiece, thirty examples of preparatory material again based on those panels, and three further works by Arroyo. They are displayed alongside The Fountain of Grace (1430), a painting by the School of Van Eyck in the Prado’s collection that is also based on The Ghent Altarpiece. Juxtaposed with Arroyo’s contemporary version, it offers a period variant of the original by the Van Eyck brothers. The exhibition is completed with an interactive screen that will allow visitors to compare the numerous
Murillo and Justino de Neve. The Art of Friendship brings together a group of seventeen late works by Murillo - loaned from London, Paris, Houston, Madrid and Seville, among other cities – that were created within the context of the artist’s friendship with Justino de Neve, canon of Seville cathedral and an important patron and friend of Murillo’s. Focusing on this period within the artist’s career, the exhibition constitutes an important contribution to research on Murillo, which in recent years has concentrated on an analysis of his relationship with his patrons, the evolution of his technique, collectors of his work and the compilation of his catalogued oeuvre. The exhibition will subsequently be shown at the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville between October 2012 and January 2013, after which it will travel to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London (February to May next year).
The Museo del Prado is presenting the exhibition Late Raphael, which is one of the most important ever to be devoted to the artist and his studio and the first to focus on his final years, during which time Raphael became the most influential painter in Western art. Co-organised with the Musée du Louvre, which will show the exhibition between October 2012 and January 2013, and sponsored by Fundación AXA, it will be inaugurated this Monday, 11 June, by Her Majesty the Queen accompanied by the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Gianfranco Fini, the President of the Spanish Congress, Jesús Posada, and the Spanish Minister of Education, José Wert. The exhibition includes a total of 74 works, the majority of them never previously exhibited in Spain. It will present a chronological survey of Raphael’s artistic activities from the start of the pontificate of Leo X (1513) to the artist’s death in 1520, as well as analysing the activities of his principal assistants, Giulio Romano
The Museo del Prado will be exhibiting the first documented Hispano-Flemish painting by a Castilian artist for a period of ten years
The Altarpiece of the Gozos de Santa María by Jorge Inglés will be on display in Room 57 of the Villanueva Building as the result of an agreement signed with its present owner, the Duque del Infantado, Íñigo de Arteaga y Martín. An exceptional work for the history of both art and literature will thus be added to the Prado’s collection for a period of ten years.
The Museo del Prado, Fundación Focus Abengoa and the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London presented the exhibition Murillo and Justino de Neve. The Art of Friendship in Seville today. It brings together a group of late works by Murillo that were commissioned by Justino de Neve, a canon of Seville cathedral, an important patron of art and a personal friend of Murillo’s. As such, the exhibition represents a significant contribution to research on the artist’s life and work. Organised by the three above-mentioned institutions and curated by Gabriele Finaldi, Associate Director of Curatorship and Research at the Museo del Prado, the exhibition opens at the Prado on 26 June, after which it will travel to the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville, home of Fundación Focus Abengoa, and will finally be seen in London next year.