Happy 200th anniversary to the Prado Museum!

By | 7 December, 2018 | 0 comments

The exhibition is entitled “Museo del Prado 1819-2019. Un lugar de memoria” (Prado Museum 1819-2019. A Place of Remembrance), which marks the start of a year of activities to celebrate its staggering two centuries of life. A 200‑year lifespan  in which this institution has played a key role in Spain’s history.

The exhibition offers some insight into what Spain is today and was in the past, with a rich tapestry of painters like Goya, Velázquez and Picasso who have conveyed so much from such different perspectives that it is impossible to behold their work with just a simple glance. The cultural legacy they have left behind is astounding.madrid-328114_1280

This cultural legacy makes it one of the most visited museums in the world, having already beaten its own record from last year with a staggering 2,824,404 visitors.

The Prado Museum was born in 1819 to host a private collection of works by Spanish painters for the Royal Family. The general public would have to wait until 1868 for its doors to open and soon after it took on the name of National Prado Museum.

The exhibition will be on display until March 2019, offering a glance back at the artwork of the past and also a preview of new art forms and applications that painting and sculpting will take on thanks to new and not-so-new technologies.

The Prado Museum, which has blended into the city of Madrid to perfection, also offers a variety of activities for the run-up to Christmas, especially for families. After all, the holiday period is a great time for theatre and art to help the little ones grow.

It will be a busy year in 2019, so keep an eye on the Museum’s activity programme for the 200th anniversary celebrations – that’s a lot of candles to blow out! Let’s all wish for it to last at least another 200 years.

Categories: Madrid Cultura

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