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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
115
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
60
Diego Velazquez
1656, 318×276 cm
Francisco Goya. A series of gloomy paintings. Saturn devouring his children
66
Francisco Goya
1823, 146×83 cm
Peter Paul Rubens. Three Graces
27
Peter Paul Rubens
1634, 221×181 cm
Hieronymus Bosch. The hay
41
Hieronymus Bosch
1515, 135×190 cm
Hieronymus Bosch. The seven deadly sins and the four last things
48
Hieronymus Bosch
1480-th , 119.5×139.5 cm
Hieronymus Bosch. The garden of earthly delights. Music Hell. Right wing. Fragment
11
Hieronymus Bosch
1500-th
Хуан Батиста Мартинес дель Масо. Portrait of the Infanta Margarita in childhood
7
Хуан Батиста Мартинес дель Масо
1665, 212×147 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
Hieronymus Bosch. The garden of earthly delights. The Central part. Detail
5
Hieronymus Bosch
1500-th
Diego Velazquez. Las Hilanderas (The Fable of Arachne)
24
Diego Velazquez
1650-th , 220×289 cm
Pieter Bruegel The Elder. Triumph of death
32
Pieter Bruegel The Elder
1563, 117×162 cm
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
Francisco Goya. The clothed maja
25
Francisco Goya
XIX century, 97×190 cm
Diego Velazquez. The Forge Of Vulcan
9
Diego Velazquez
1630, 223×290 cm
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