Category Archives: Museo del Prado

Velázquez Portrait of Philip III (Prado)

Velázquez: Portrait of Philip III

Museo Nacional del Prado, Room 24
Villanueva Building, Room 24

6 June – 29 October 2017

On display for the first time in the Museum’s galleries is the Portrait of Philip III by Velázquez, a work donated by William B. Jordan to the American Friends of the Prado Museum, which has ceded it to the Museum as a long-term deposit.

Velázquez’s painting is displayed alongside the Prado’s Philip II offering the Infante don Fernando to Victory by Titian, which has very recently been restored (with the support of Fundación Iberdrola España). In the 17th century Titian’s painting hung in the same room (the Salón Nuevo in the Alcázar in Madrid) as The Expulsion of the Moriscos by Velázquez, a painting directly connected with the newly acquired portrait of Philip III, which was executed as a study for it.

This donation and long-term deposit with the Prado will assist in completing the Museum’s presentation of Velázquez as a court portraitist. A work previously unknown to scholars, it casts new light on one of the key paintings produced by the artist during his early years at court: The Expulsion of the Moriscos.

Also on temporary display are Philip III by Pedro Vidal; and Philip IV in Armour and The Infante don Carlos, both by Velázquez, thus creating a context for understanding the Philip III portrait and the reasons for its attribution to Velázquez (stylistic analysis, technical characteristics, and its relationship to The Expulsion of the Moriscos).

The Portrait of Philip III is a previously unpublished work with stylistic features and technical characteristics that allow it to be attributed to Velázquez and to be associated with The Expulsion of the Moriscos, a work painted in 1627 in competition with Vicente Carducho, Eugenio Cajés and Angelo Nardi. It was lost in the Royal Alcázar (Madrid) fire of 1734, but descriptions of it survive confirming that the principal figure depicted in it was Philip III, shown standing next to an allegory of Spain and pointing towards the Moriscos as they were being expelled. Velázquez never met Philip III, who died in 1621, and he based his work on portraits of the monarch by other artists. This canvas is a preliminary study that he used to establish an image of the King, thus explaining its sketchy nature as a working tool rather than an independent, finished work.

The recent restoration of Titian’s Philip II offering the Infante don Ferdinand to Victory, has recovered the qualities of Titian’s original, but has also made Carducho’s enlargements more visible. This is particularly evident in the architectural elements; and in the inferior quality blue pigments that Carducho used, resulting in a different aging process and making his modifications visible. Following the current display, the canvas will be shown with Carducho’s additions concealed.

Opening soon: Hispanic Society of America at the Prado

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Visions of the Hispanic World
Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum and Library

Museo del Prado
Madrid, 4/4/2017 – 9/10/2017

The exhibition will present around 200 works from the holdings of the Hispanic Society of America in New York. Founded in 1904 by Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955), a passionate collector and Hispanic art enthusiast, the Hispanic Society houses the most important collections of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American art to be found outside the Iberian Peninsula.

The selection of works in the exhibition includes some of the most celebrated objects from the Hispanic Society’s collections, including archaeological items, Islamic art and Spanish medieval art, works from the Spanish Golden Age, examples of Latin American colonial period and 19th-century art, and Spanish paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Miguel Zugaza: from Madrid to Bilbao

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Miguel Zugaza announces his decision to step down from the Prado and reassume the directorship of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum next year

This morning, Miguel Zugaza informed the Permanent Committee of the Royal Board of Trustees of his decision to conclude his term next year as director of the Museo del Prado after fifteen years in the position. He also announced his intention to reassume the post of director of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum on the retirement of its present director.

In a text addressed to Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, the Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, and to Unai Rementeria, Chairman of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, Miguel Zugaza stated that he “considers the goals established during his term of office to have been fulfilled and expresses his thanks for all the support received.” The Museum’s Director for the past fifteen years considers that “the Museum is now embarking on a new and exciting phase with the focus on its bicentenary and on the completion of the Museo del Prado Campus with the addition of the Hall of Realms.” At the same time, he considers himself “extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to return to the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum (of which he was director between 1995 and 2001) and offer it all the experience he has acquired.”

The Minister of Education, Culture and Sport has personally thanked Miguel Zugaza for the services he has rendered the Museum over so many years and has asked him to continue to be involved in its bicentenary project through the Committee for the 2nd centenary of the Museo Nacional del Prado in 2019.

For his part and in the name of the Bilbao museum’s founding institutions (the City Council of Bilbao, the Provincial Government of Bizkaia and the Basque Government), the Chairman of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and current president of the Bilbao museum’s Board of Trustees expressed his satisfaction at being able to count on Miguel Zugaza for leading the museum forward after the outstanding contribution made over the past years by Javier Viar Olloqui.

Both institutions have agreed to stay in contact in order to facilitate the transition of directorship of the respective museums. With this aim in mind, the Minister will propose to the Prado’s Royal Board of Trustees the creation of a specific committee at the Museum. As established in its statutes, it will initiate the selection procedure prior to the proposal of a new appointment to the Council of Ministers. Mr Zugaza will remain in his position with all the powers authorised by it until a new director is appointed.

José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, president of the Museum’s Royal Board of Trustees, wished to emphasise that “the Museo del Prado will never be able to sufficiently express its thanks to Miguel Zugaza for his intelligence, wisdom and imagination and the authority with which he has led the Museum”, and that “the results of his efforts, namely the great success of the Prado, speak for themselves.”

Talbotypes at the Museo del Prado, Madrid

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Copied by the Sun. The Talbotypes from ‘The Annals of the Artists of Spain’ by William Stirling Maxwell (1847)

Prado Museum, Madrid
18 May 2016 – 04 September 2016

The result of a collaborative project between the National Media Museum in Bradford and the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, the Museo del Prado has assembled for the first time the material used by the Scottish collector and Hispanist William Stirling Maxwell for the preparation of his book The Annals of the Artists of Spain, the first art historical publication to include photographic images. With the Annals, Spanish art became widely known abroad through its reproductions of works by 16th – 17th century Spanish artists, as well as Goya. On display are the proofs from the Henneman photographic studio, showing how the book was produced and the problems encountered.

Curated by founding ARTES member Hilary Macartney, University of Glasgow; and José Manuel Matilla, Head of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Museo Nacional del Prado.

Lecture by José Manuel Matilla: 25 May 2016

Museo del Prado Research Scholarships: Application deadline 7 May 2016

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Museo del Prado and Fundación Gondra Barandiarán Research Scholarships (Madrid)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 7 May 2016

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR TWO FUNDACIÓN GONDRA BARANDIARÁN-MUSEO DEL PRADO RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS

Centro de Estudios, Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain, September 01, 2016
Application deadline: May 7, 2016

The Fundación Gondra Barandiarán and the Museo Nacional del Prado have signed an agreement allowing the two institutions to jointly sponsor a program consisting of two remunerated scholarships for researchers involved with any aspect of art history related to the Museo del Prado’s collections.
This agreement stipulates the awarding of two scholarships: a senior scholarship for researchers over the age of 40, and a junior scholarship for those beneath that age. These scholarships will be funded by the Fundación Gondra Barandiarán and will have a maximum duration of three months each. The two scholarships will be carried out at the Museo del Prado’s Centro de Estudios (Research Center) in the Casón del Buen Retiro, beginning in September 2016.
The scholarships will be awarded following a competition based on the principles of objectivity, transparency, equality, non-discrimination and public access.

Provision
The senior scholarship is endowed with 9,000€ (nine thousand Euros), consisting of 3,000€ (three thousand Euros) per month for a maximum of three months. The junior scholarship is endowed with 6,000€ (six thousand Euros), consisting of 2,000€ (two thousand Euros) per month for a maximum of three months.

Further information via H-ARTHIST: Please click here.

 

Goya’s Duke of Osuna: from Frick to Prado

Francisco de Goya: Don Pedro de Alcántara Téllez-Girón y Pacheco, 9th Duke of Osuna

Francisco de Goya: Don Pedro de Alcántara Téllez-Girón y Pacheco, 9th Duke of Osuna

Goya: “Invited Work”

Museo del Prado, Madrid1
9 January – 24 April 2016

For a period of three months, Room 34 of the Prado’s Villanueva Building is displaying Goya’s portrait of Don Pedro de Alcántara Téllez-Girón y Pacheco, 9th Duke of Osuna, one of the most interesting works by the artist among those housed in the Frick Collection in New York. The special loan of this work falls within the context of the Museum’s “Invited Work” programme, an activity sponsored by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado since 2010 with the aim of further enriching a visit to the Museum and establishing points of comparison that allow for a reflection on the works in the Prado’s Permanent Collection.

Link to Press Release: 2016-02-Goya-Osuna-FrickToPrado

 

GOYA PORTRAITS – THE NATIONAL GALLERY LONDON – LUNCHTIME TALKS

EXHIBITION EVENTS

GOYA THE PORTRAITS

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The National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing Theatre

Lunchtime Talks – Free, no booking
Courses – £14/£12 concession/£10 members

October-December 2015

1.00-1.45pm

OCTOBER

Francisco de Goya, The Duchess of Alba (detail), 1797. © Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America, New York

Lunchtime talk
Thursday 29 October 
Goya & the Duchess of Alba
Marcus B. Burke
Senior Curator, Museum Department, The Hispanic Society of America, New York

NOVEMBER

Course (Sainsbury Wing Theatre)
Thursday 12 November

11am-1pm
Fashioning identity
Tutor: Aileen Ribeiro
£14/£12 concessions/£10 members
Professor Aileen Ribeiro of the Courtauld Institute of Art explores themes of costume and national identity in Spain, England and France during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Altamira

Lunchtime talk
Monday 16 November
The Altamira Family, Goya and Portraiture
Xavier Salomon
Chief curator, The Frick Collection, New York

Study day
Saturday 21 November
11am-3.30pm
Sainsbury Wing Theatre
Subversive portraits: Goya and his legacy
Speakers: Juliet Wilson Bareau, Emma Barker, Xavier Bray, Gill Perry and Yinka Shonibare
£25/£14 concessions/£10 members and OU students
Explore portraits by Goya and other artists in the context of Napoleonic Europe, and discover why Goya has been such a key figure for modern and contemporary artists from Manet to Jake and Dinos Chapman. Held in collaboration with the Open University.

Lunchtime talk
Monday 30 November
Public faces, private views: Goya’s letters and the problem of portraiture
Sarah Symmons
Visiting Fellow, University of Essex

DECEMBER

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Monday 7 December
Goya’s patron: Manuel Godoy
Isadora Rose-de Viejo

Monday 21 December
Painted Cloth: Goya and Dress
Jacqui Ansell