“Museo del Prado”

Why is the Prado keeping its Bosch works?

The Prado (Madrid) has decided to cancel its prospective loan of two paintings by Hieronymus Bosch (The Cure of Folly and The Temptation of St. Anthony) for a retrospective dedicated to the artist at the Noordbrabants Museum in his birth town, ’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands — “Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of genius” closes may 8, 2016. This turnaround follows conclusions published by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project, directed by Jos Koldeweij and Matthijs Ilsink, co-curators of the exhibition to be held at the Noordbrabants Museum, who attribute these two paintings to the artist’s workshop or a disciple, and not the artist himself. The Prado contests the validity of this conclusion, denouncing it as being based on “extremely subjective stylistic aspects”, and accuses the Noordbrabants Museum of breaking with the conditions of the agreement regarding the loan. The exhibition bodes to be one of the most important ones to be devoted to the master of the Flemish Renaissance as it has gathered 17 of the artist’s 24 known works. The two museums committed to collaborating in the organisation of the exhibition in 2008 before this affair brought tension to their relationship. The Noorbrabandts Museum will nonetheless be hosting two other works loaned by the Prado, a copy of Bosch and the Haywain Triptych, announced as the exhibition’s major attraction, and featured on the cover of the exhibition...

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Ingres’ portraits at the Museo del Prado in Madrid

From 24 November 2015 to 27 March 2016, the Museo del Prado in Madrid presents an exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Louvre Museum, around the work of great master of the Neoclassical line, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. The exhibition presents itself in the form of a precise chronologicy of the work of Ingres, but more specifically touches on his complex relationship with the art of portraiture, (the sacred art which has secured his place as one of the great painters of history), torn between ambition and repulsion. The works of Ingres were only, at least superficially, anchored in academism, even if he is established as an absolute master of neo-classicism and that the aesthetic of Greek art inspired him, his art and his very individual aesthetic represent a key movement towards the artistic revolutions of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. He inspired the rejuvenation of the European schools of the 19th century, particularly in Spain, but also foreshadowed the genius of Picasso by employing anatomical distortion, like in his Grande Odalisque (1814, Louvre Museum) which lengthened the back. The numerous portraits that he realised remain a mirror of the bourgeois society of his time, as Ingres knew particularly well how to render the texture of clothes and fabrics, indicators of a social level. The last exhibition dedicated to Ingres was held in 2008 at the Musée de la Vie romantique in...

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Museo del Prado purchases Renaissance triptych for €4 million

The Spanish newspaper El Confidential has reported that the Museo del Prado has purchased a Renaissance triptych, depicting the birth and adoration of Jesus, for €4 million. The artist behind the piece remains unidentified, but experts have deduced it was painted in around 1450 in Castilla, Spain. It previously belonged to the Álvarez Fisa Collection. Fisa, who passed away in 2013, was a businessman and member of the museum’s board and left 12 works to the museum and six on temporary loan. The triptych was one of the temporary loans, and has therefore been on display at the Prado since 2013, until the museum agreed to purchase it from Fisa’s...

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Bernini at the Prado

The Museo del Prado in Madrid is to host an exhibition of works by the renowned Italian Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680) entitled “Bernini’s Souls. Art in Rome for the Spanish Court”. The exhibition will take place from 6 November 2014 until 8 February 2015. This is to be the first time that an exhibition in Spain will be dedicated to the artist, emphasising his relationship with the country and figures such as Philip IV and Charles II. On display for the first time at the Museo del Prado will be the sculptures Anima beata and Anima dannata, commissioned from the young Bernini by Pedro Foix de Montoya. Bernini was the leading sculptor of his age, as well as an artist and architect, and has come to be regarded as a crucial figure in art history. The exhibition is curated by Delfín Rodríguez Ruiz, Senior Professor of Art History at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, and a specialist in this field....

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El Prado Museum is missing 885 artworks

As reported by Spanish publication El Pais, Museo del Prado in Madrid is missing 885 artworks from its collection — as recorded by a recent audit. Forty-one out of a total 926 had been found between 2008 and 2012, which were reportedly misplaced when del Prado and Museo Reina Sofía underwent a collection reconstruction. The audit cities a “lack of human resources” as responsible, but due to the length of time and various factors behind the losses — fires, wars — no one is to be held accountable. However, given there is no proof as to the whereabouts or conditions of the missing pieces, they are to remain on the museum’s inventory; as explained by a spokesperson from del Prado, reported by El Pais: “Suspecting [that they were lost] is not enough; if there is no factual evidence that they were destroyed, we cannot take them off the inventory.” Museo del Prado comprises one of Europe’s largest art collections, with a total of 27,509 pieces — according to an inventory in...

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