From Tuesday 8 November visitors to the Prado will be able to see this major exhibition of almost 180 works through which the Museum is proud to reveal the enormous variety and richness of the Hermitage’s collections. These great collections span the 5th century BC to the 20th century and include outstanding archaeological items, the decorative arts and the Museum’s remarkable holdings of paintings, sculptures and drawings. Co-organised by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and sponsored by Fundación BBVA, the exhibition is a unique event in that it is the largest and most important selection of works from the Hermitage to be exhibited outside of that Museum. It marks the conclusion of the unprecedented exchange of collections between these two great museums within the context of the bi-lateral Spain-Russia Year 20011 that began earlier this year with the presentation of The Prado in the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg.



The Museo del Prado today took the decision to increase its opening hours to every day of the week in order to improve and expand its cultural activities and thus guarantee its commitment to covering 60% of its budget through self-financing. This new initiative starts with the exhibition 'The Hermitage in the Prado', which will be open every day of the week, from Mondays to Sundays, from the day it opens on 8 November. The Museum’s Permanent Collection will also have new opening hours from 16 January.



As of today, the Prado is the first Spanish and the third European museum to be present on this American portal created by one of the world’s most advanced museums in the application of the new technologies to the dissemination of art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). The content of the portal, launched in 2009, solely focuses on videos generated by museums and art institutions for online diffusion. ArtBabble won the 'Best of the Web Prize' (general category) at the 2010 Museums and the Web conference



One of the most important collections of miniatures in any Spanish museum



From 5 October 2011 to 8 January 2012 The Prado by Francesco Jodice will present visitors with a visual testimony to the presence of those who, like them, have 'inhabited' its galleries. Through the disinterested participation of more than 400 visitors from all over the world, Francesco Jodice (born Naples, 1967) has created two works – a video-installation and a five-minute film – that will be shown at the Prado in a tribute to its visitors. The project by this highly regarded Italian artist has been made possible through the generous sponsorship of ACCIONA, a Benefactor Member of the Museo del Prado since 2007.

From right to left: Pío Cabanillas Acciona DirCom, Francesco Jodice and Miguel Zugaza Museo del Prado Director


The victorious Hannibal, which belongs to the Fundación Selgas-Fagalde, will be on deposit with the Prado for six years, as established in the agreement signed by the two institutions today. As a result, the Museum will be able to compensate, at least temporarily, for one of the gaps in its own collection of the artist’s works, which is the most important in the world. The painting will be on display in Room 35 from tomorrow, together with various related sketches in the artist’s Italian Notebook

The victorious Hannibal,  Francisco de Goya


Acrobat with a Ball will be on display for three months (16 September to 18 December 2011) within the Prado’s 'Invited Work' programme, which is sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo and also includes Caravaggio’s Entombment loaned from the Vatican Museums and on display until this Sunday.

De izda. a dcha.: Miguel Zugaza, director del Museo del Prado; Carlos Zurita, presidente de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado; Juan José Herrera de la Muela, embajador especial para el Año Dual España-Rusia 2011; Plácido Arango, presidente del Real Patronato del Museo del Prado; Mercedes de Palacio, subsecretaria del Ministerio de Cultura; Irina Antónova, directora del Museo Estatal de Bellas Artes Pushkin (Moscú); , Aleksandr Kuznetsov, embajador de Rusia en España; y Javier Barón, jefe del Departamento de Pintura del siglo XIX del Museo del Prado y comisario de la exhibición de la obra en este museo.


To coincide with the celebration of World Youth Day and with Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Madrid, the Museo del Prado will be displaying The Entombment of Christ, a major masterpiece by Caravaggio loaned from the Vatican Museums. For the first time in Spain, this monumental canvas will be exhibited for two months at the Prado thanks to sponsorship from the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado and as part of the “Invited Work” exhibition programme. This exceptional loan is also part of the thematic tour entitled “The Word made Image. Paintings of Christ in the Museo del Prado” that the Museum has devised in conjunction with World Youth Day and which includes a further thirteen paintings.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The Entombment of Christ, 1602-1604 Oil on canvas, 306 x 214cm Vatican City, the Vatican Museums


The Museo del Prado today presented one of the most important features within its plan to reorganize the collection, a project known as 'The Collection. The second extension'. This is the reopening of the Central Gallery on the main floor following its redesign and with significant changes to the arrangement of the works on display. With the completion of this phase of the 2009-2012 Collection Plan, initiated following the almost complete restoration and reordering of the ground floor, the Collection is now presented in a new manner on the Museum's two main floors, with Velázquez located at the heart of the two great traditions of European painting: the Italian and Flemish schools. To date, work on this project has meant that 25 more galleries have become available for display purposes, with 11 more to be added on the second floor by the completion of the project. Through the addition of these new spaces, an additional 300 works from the Museum's Permanent Collection can now be seen.

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