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National Museum of the Prado, Madrid

The building that today houses the Museo Nacional del Prado was designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785. It was constructed to house the Natural History Cabinet, by orders of King Charles III. However, the building's final purpose - as the new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures - was the decision of the monarch's grandson, King Ferdinand VII, encouraged by his wife Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza.The Royal Museum, soon quickly renamed the National Museum of Paintings and Sculptures and subsequently the Museo Nacional del Prado.

The Museo del Prado opened to the public on 19 November 1819 as a Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture. In 2019, we celebrate our Bicentenary a commemoration that will reveal the path covered since 1819 until today. On this special occasion, we wish to reflect on the future and the forthcoming challenges for this and the other great Museums of ancient painting: the need to attract social groups that traditionally are not attracted by the collections, to encourage gender and minority research studies or the challenges caused by overcrowding. Furthermore, for the following years the finalization of the Prado Campus is expected, adding the last building, the Hall of Realms, the old Buen Retiro Palace, an incorporation that will imply a rethinking of the current display of the collections. The activity plan for the bicentenary reinforces the usual programme of the Museo del Prado, insisting on the above mentioned aspects.

Source: museodelprado.es

Exhibitions
Museum's collection
Hieronymus Bosch. The garden of earthly delights
111
Hieronymus Bosch
1500-th , 220×390 cm
Francisco Goya. Charles III in a Hunting Dress
3
Francisco Goya
1788, 207×126 cm
Diego Velazquez. Las Meninas
57
Diego Velazquez
1656, 318×276 cm
Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio. David with the head of Goliath
6
Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio
1600, 110.4×91.3 cm
Hieronymus Bosch. The seven deadly sins and the four last things
45
Hieronymus Bosch
1480-th , 119.5×139.5 cm
Hieronymus Bosch. The hay
41
Hieronymus Bosch
1515, 135×190 cm
Pieter Bruegel The Elder. Triumph of death
31
Pieter Bruegel The Elder
1563, 117×162 cm
Hieronymus Bosch. The garden of earthly delights. Music Hell. Right wing. Fragment
11
Hieronymus Bosch
1500-th
Hieronymus Bosch. The hay-cart. The Central part of the triptych
4
Hieronymus Bosch
1515, 135×100 cm
Francisco Goya. A series of gloomy paintings. Saturn devouring his children
63
Francisco Goya
1823, 146×83 cm
Titian Vecelli. Danae
20
Titian Vecelli
1560-th , 129.8×181.2 cm
Hieronymus Bosch. The garden of earthly delights. Left wing. Fragment
4
Hieronymus Bosch
1500-th
Francisco Goya. Umbrella
46
Francisco Goya
1777, 104×152 cm
Hieronymus Bosch. The garden of earthly delights. Left wing. Fragment
6
Hieronymus Bosch
1500-th
Hieronymus Bosch. The garden of earthly delights. The Central part. Detail
5
Hieronymus Bosch
1500-th
Hieronymus Bosch. The garden of earthly delights. Left wing. Fragment
9
Hieronymus Bosch
1500-th
Hieronymus Bosch. The adoration of the Magi. Triptych
16
Hieronymus Bosch
1494, 147.4×168.6 cm
Francisco Goya. The king of Spain Charles IV and his family
13
Francisco Goya
1800, 280×336 cm
Diego Velazquez. The Surrender Of Breda
14
Diego Velazquez
1635, 307×367 cm
Diego Velazquez. The Forge Of Vulcan
9
Diego Velazquez
1630, 223×290 cm
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