- Prado Museum
Spain's national art museum, housing the world's greatest collection of Spanish painting as well as other European works.Founded in Madrid in 1818 by Ferdinand VII, it was opened to the public in 1819 as the Royal Museum of Painting. Its holdings were formed over three centuries from the various royal collections of the Habsburg and Bourbon monarchs in Spain. In 1868 it became the National Museum of the Prado after the exile of Isabella II. In 1872 it acquired many notable paintings formerly owned by Spanish convents and monasteries. It owns the outstanding collections of the works of El Greco, Diego Velázquez, and Francisco de Goya and numerous works by other Spanish masters such as José de Ribera and Francisco Zurbarán. Among its other holdings are collections of Greco-Roman statuary and many Flemish and Italian masterpieces.
* * *Spanish Museo del Pradoart museum in Madrid, housing the world's richest and most comprehensive collection of Spanish painting, as well as masterpieces of other schools of European painting, especially Italian and Flemish art.The Prado's building had its start in 1785 when Charles III commissioned the architect Juan de Villanueva to design a natural-science museum. The construction of the Neoclassical-style building was interrupted during the Napoleonic Wars, but it was completed under Ferdinand VII in 1819 and was opened to the public as the Royal Museum of Painting. In 1868 it became the National Museum of the Prado after the exile of Isabella II, who had enlarged the collection with paintings from the royal palaces and the Escorial.The Prado's holdings originally consisted of the art collected by the Habsburg and Bourbon monarchs of Spain. The collection of Charles V (reigned 1516–56) was enlarged by Philip II (1556–98); both of these kings were important patrons of Titian. The royal holdings were further enlarged by Philip IV (1621–65), who commissioned his court painter, Diego Velázquez, to purchase paintings in Italy for him. Philip V (1700–46) added many French Baroque works to the collection, and Ferdinand VII assembled together all the paintings from the various royal collections (except those in the Escorial) in the new building of the Prado. In 1872 the museum acquired many notable paintings that were formerly owned by Spanish convents and monasteries. Further additions to the collections, as well as to the building, were made in the 20th century. In 1971 the Prado annexed the nearby Casón del Buen Retiro, which was built in 1637 as a ballroom for the Buen Retiro Palace. Work on a new wing began in 2002 and was completed in 2007. Designed by architect Rafael Moneo, it expanded the museum by more than 235,000 square feet (22,000 square metres).The Prado contains the most complete collections in the world of the works of El Greco (Greco, El), Velázquez (Velázquez, Diego), and Francisco de Goya (Goya, Francisco de), as well as of such Spanish masters as José de Ribera and Francisco de Zurbarán. The museum also has important works by Hiëronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Raphael, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Anthony Van Dyck, Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, and Antoine Watteau. It also has a fine collection of Greco-Roman statuary. In 1981 Pablo Picasso's Guernica (1937) was added to the Prado's collection. However, in a controversial move, the mural painting was permanently transferred to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Queen Sofía Museum) in 1992. This reflected the Prado's desire to focus on works dating from the 19th century and earlier.
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