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Visitors at the Prado against 'The Three Graces', by Rubens.

A stroll through the Prado Museum on its bicentenary

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November 19 marked 200 years since the Spanish national art gallery was founded in Madrid, and the event is being celebrated with a special exhibition

  • Although the museum was founded on November 19, 1819, the building itself was designed in 1785 by the architect Juan de Villanueva as a Museum of Natural History commissioned by Charles III. Decades later, his grandson Ferdinand VII brought here part of the royal art collections that had been formed since the 16th century.
    1Although the museum was founded on November 19, 1819, the building itself was designed in 1785 by the architect Juan de Villanueva as a Museum of Natural History commissioned by Charles III. Decades later, his grandson Ferdinand VII brought here part of the royal art collections that had been formed since the 16th century.
  • Among the pieces that the different Spanish monarchs accumulated, certain treasures stand out. These include, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights,’ by Hieronymus Bosch; ‘The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest,’ by El Greco; ‘The meninas,’ by Velázquez, and ‘The family of Charles IV,’ by Goya. In the image, a visitor admires ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights.’
    2Among the pieces that the different Spanish monarchs accumulated, certain treasures stand out. These include, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights,’ by Hieronymus Bosch; ‘The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest,’ by El Greco; ‘The meninas,’ by Velázquez, and ‘The family of Charles IV,’ by Goya. In the image, a visitor admires ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights.’
  • The most important art salvage operation in Spanish history was carried out at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936; the effort lasted three years, during which the Republican forces evacuated the main works of the museum from Spain. In the image, a painter reproduces one of the exhibited works in the Prado.
    3The most important art salvage operation in Spanish history was carried out at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936; the effort lasted three years, during which the Republican forces evacuated the main works of the museum from Spain. In the image, a painter reproduces one of the exhibited works in the Prado.
  • The Prado is currently managed by Miguel Falomir, but it has had around 30 directors throughout its history. During the Spanish Civil War, Pablo Picasso was appointed director by the government of the Second Republic, but he never took up his role. In the image, a visitor looks at the painting, ‘The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and Herod’s Banquet,’ by Bartholomäus Strobel the Younger.
    4The Prado is currently managed by Miguel Falomir, but it has had around 30 directors throughout its history. During the Spanish Civil War, Pablo Picasso was appointed director by the government of the Second Republic, but he never took up his role. In the image, a visitor looks at the painting, ‘The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and Herod’s Banquet,’ by Bartholomäus Strobel the Younger.
  • Throughout these two centuries, the number of visitors has continued to increase, reaching 2,892,937 in 2018. In the image, a visitor takes a selfie with the masterpiece ‘The meninas,’ by Velázquez.
    5Throughout these two centuries, the number of visitors has continued to increase, reaching 2,892,937 in 2018. In the image, a visitor takes a selfie with the masterpiece ‘The meninas,’ by Velázquez.
  • Throughout the years, several restoration projects have been undertaken on Villanueva’s original building, the first of which took place in 1847. In the image, a portrait of ‘Philip IV’ by Velázquez.
    6Throughout the years, several restoration projects have been undertaken on Villanueva’s original building, the first of which took place in 1847. In the image, a portrait of ‘Philip IV’ by Velázquez.
  • The most ambitious expansion project was carried out between 2001 and 2007, when the architect Rafael Moneo designed an annex to the original building. In the image, a group of foreign tourists visit the Prado.
    7The most ambitious expansion project was carried out between 2001 and 2007, when the architect Rafael Moneo designed an annex to the original building. In the image, a group of foreign tourists visit the Prado.
  • A group of schoolchildren on a visit to the Prado. Some of the museum’s numerous treasures include Fra Angelico’s ‘The Annunciation,’ Roger van der Weyden’s ‘The Descent from the Cross’ and ‘Self-Portrait’ by Albrecht Dührer.
    8A group of schoolchildren on a visit to the Prado. Some of the museum’s numerous treasures include Fra Angelico’s ‘The Annunciation,’ Roger van der Weyden’s ‘The Descent from the Cross’ and ‘Self-Portrait’ by Albrecht Dührer.
  • The Prado currently contains 8,100 works of art, of which 1,300 are on exhibit as part of the permanent collection. In the image, a visitor admires ‘The Haywayn Triptych,’ by Hieronymus Bosch.
    9The Prado currently contains 8,100 works of art, of which 1,300 are on exhibit as part of the permanent collection. In the image, a visitor admires ‘The Haywayn Triptych,’ by Hieronymus Bosch.
  • A visitor observes the drawings in the Goya exhibition ‘A Place of Memory’ that closes the program to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the museum.
    10A visitor observes the drawings in the Goya exhibition ‘A Place of Memory’ that closes the program to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the museum.