Rediscovery of a 17th century work by Flemish painter Jacob Jordaens

A 17th century painting by Flemish master Jacob Jordaens has been rediscovered in an old warehouse in Swansea, Britain. The work has belonged to the Swansea Museum for 150 years, and is estimated at being worth $3.8 million. Titled Meleager and Atalanta, the painting is considered to be a preliminary study for a painting by the same painter, conserved at the Prado in...

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Restored Michelangelo exhibited at the Prado

Michelangelo’s sculpture of St. John the Baptist has been restored and is currently on display at Madrid’s Prado Museum until 28 June 2015. In 1495 or 1496, Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de Medici asked Michelangelo to make a small marble statue for which the sculptor used Donatello’s sculpture of St. John the Baptist as a model. The work was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and broken into several pieces, of which only 14 were found. The head of the sculpture was burned. To restore the masterpiece by the Florentine sculptor, Florence’s Opificio delle pietre dure (Workshop of semi-precious stones) decided to use a laser to repair the surface of the head of the sculpture in 1994. To put the statuette back together again, a three-dimensional model was used, made from photographs taken of the sculpture before it was destroyed. Missing pieces were made from glass fibre and resin. The restored sculpture currently belongs to the Fundación Casa Ducal de...

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Spanish drawings from Murillo to Goya at the Prado

An exhibition of works loaned to the Prado in Madrid by the Hamburger Kunsthalle entitled “Spanish Drawings from the Hamburger Kunsthalle: Cano, Murillo and Goya”, is to be on display from 30 October 2014 until 8 February 2015. Having recently been shown at the Meadows Museum in Texas, the collection of 200 drawings is moving to Madrid, where it will offer its viewers an overview of Spanish drawing from the 16th to the early 19th centuries, as well as an insight into the craft and technique of these masters. It is made up of primarily drawings from Seville, where the collection was assembled before it was sold in London, and acquired by the Kunsthalle in 1891, making it one of the most important collections of Spanish artworks outside Spain. It features pieces by renowned artists such as Cano, Murillo, Valdés, Castillo and...

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Miguel Ángel Blanco’s “Natural Histories” at the Prado

Madrid, 11 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Between the 19 November 2013 and the 27 April 2014, the Museo del Prado is to present “Historias Naturales. Un proyecto de Miguel Ángel Blanco”. Centred around natural history, the exhibition features a project created by the Spanish artist, who was born in 1958. The Museo del Prado first opened its doors to the public as the Museo Nacional de Pinturas y Esculturas on 19 November 1819. Commissioned by Charles II I in 1785, the neo-classical building, designed by Juan de Villanueva, was originally home to a natural history collection. On the 194th anniversary of the museum’s foundation, and to mark the 200th anniversary of Villanueva’s death, Blanco’s project pays tribute to the history of the Prado and its little-known origins as a Natural History Museum. Born in Madrid, Miguel Ángel Blanco is one of most prominent Spanish artists to have produced works which directly engaged with nature as a theme. Focusing on the museum’s past as a centre for natural history, the artist’s 21 installations, located in the gallery’s permanent collections, seek to fuse art with nature. Pièces selected by Blanco have been sourced from Spanish natural history collections, held at institutions such as the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, the Real Jardín Botánico and the Museo de la Farmacia Histórica; displayed alongside the sculptural works of the Prado, these pieces aim to promote a dialogue, “performing” to produce a new “scientific-artistic” genre of...

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Hermitage at Prado

Madrid, 6 October 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). In the framework of 2011 Hispanic-Russian year, the museum of Prado will soon exhibit from 8 November 2011 to 25 March 2012 part of the collection from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. A large panel of works from the Russian palace-museum is to be represented: archeological objects, decorative arts, painting, sculptures and drawings. The exhibition has the ambition to illustrate the encyclopedic calling and the richness of the Russian collection. The Hermitage is one of the most prestigious museums in the world that possess of exceptional quality and rare pieces. On the occasion of the exhibition some masterpieces will make the journey from Russia, in particular Saint Sebastian by Titian, The Lute Player by Caravaggio and works by Rembrandt such as The Portrait of a Scholar. The Spanish public will have the opportunity to discover a painting by one of the most famous representatives of their national art, the master of the 17th century Diego Velázquez. The El Almuerwo (The Lunch) from around 1617 is part of the Hermitage’s collection and it is one of the earlier works of the painter. The impressionist and modern artists are also to make the journey, Gauguin, Monet and Cezanne as well as Picasso and Kandinsky. The museum of Saint Petersburg loans some of the star lots of its department of sculpture with the works of Bernini and Antonio Canova. Numerous art objects and drawings are to complete the exhibition. This “Travelling Hermitage” is to be shown in the gallery of temporary exhibitions of the new extension of the Madrid museum. This exhibitions is the second part of the agreement between the two institutions. The presentation of the Prado treasures at the Hermitage museum started the Spain-Russia year from February to May. This new exchange is an original way to...

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