Exploring Madrid’s historic Museo del Prado on its 200th anniversary
Today, November 19th 2019, the iconic Museo del Prado in Madrid is celebrating its 200th birthday.
Having originally opened in 1819, the museum has become a major focal point for the Spanish capital and has house thousands of of Spanish paintings from the 12th century to the 20th century.
Known also as The Prado Museum, the establishment has become famed for the being the home to a series of different masterpieces by the likes of Diego Velázquez, Francisco Goya, El Greco and more historically iconic European artists.
Considered one of the greatest art museums in the world, Museo del Prado currently displays in excess of 8,200 drawings, 7,600 paintings, 4,800 prints, and 1,000 sculptures and more rare documents and findings.
While the work housed inside the museum is undoubtedly where its success originates, the building itself has been described as a work of art in itself. Designed by architect Juan de Villanueva in 1785, the building was transformed by King Ferdinand VII and Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza 1819, changing the structure from its intended purpose of a center for the natural sciences to a public gallery.
To celebrate its 200th anniversary, the museum is celebrating diversity along with a historic and extensive exhibition exploring the work of Spanish artists Francisco Goya which explores “a new catalogue raisonné of Goya’s drawings, made possible through the collaborative agreement signed by the Fundación Botín and the Museo del Prado in 2014.”
“For the first time and in a unique and unrepeatable occasion, the exhibition brings together more than 300 of Goya’s drawings from both the Prado’s own holdings and from private and public collections worldwide,” the museum explained.