The PRADO in Santa Fe
Ribbon Cutting and Formal Opening of
The Prado in Santa Fe exhibition
2:00-3:00pm at Cathedral Park in Santa Fe
by Ambassador of Spain, Pedro Morenés and Mayor Javier Gonzales
The Exhibition The Prado in Santa Fe, which has been installed in Cathedral Park,
Santa Fe, will formally be opened to the public on May 19th 2017, at 2.00 – 3.00 pm, by H. E. Pedro Morenés, the newly appointed Ambassador of Spain to the US.
Also in attendance will be Enric Panés, Consul General of Spain in Houston; Ed Romero, Former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra; Albert Gallegos, Honorary Consul of Spain in Santa Fe; Fred Mondragon, Honorary Consul of Spain in Albuquerque; and Christina Simmons, Board of Directors of the American Friends, Museo del Prado.
The exhibition, Prado in Santa Fe is particularly exciting as it is a first for the United States. The Museo del Prado in Madrid has sent 92 full sized and high quality reproductions of masterpieces in their collection as an outdoor exhibition to Santa Fe, one of the oldest Spanish cities in the country. Brought to Santa Fe by the American Friends of the Prado, in conjunction with the New Mexico Multi Cultural Foundation, TOURISM Santa Fe, New Mexico Tourism Department, Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, the exhibition has been installed in Cathedral Park in the heart of downtown, next to the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
The Prado is one of the most important museums in Europe, bringing together works collected by Spanish Royalty, including examples by many of the greatest European artists, including Rogier van der Weyden, Hieronymous Bosch, Titian, Velazquez, Ribera and Goya. Many of the masterpieces in the exhibition have been sponsored by local individuals or companies, and to take advantage of this opportunity, we encourage people to visit http://spanishcolonial.org/prado-santa-fe. For further information regarding the exhibit and works of art in the exhibition, please go to www.pradosantafe.com.
About Museo Nacional del Prado: An essential destination for art lovers from around the world, the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain houses one of the world´s finest collections of European art and paintings, most notably its Spanish, Italian and Flemish schools.
With an outstanding collection stemming from centuries of art patronage by the Spanish Crown and opened to the public in 1819 by the King Ferdinand VII, visitors admire the world’s largest collection of Spanish paintings, and very formidable collections of Flemish, and Italian paintings, as well as the most complete collection of works by artists such as Bosch, Titian, Rubens, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, and El Greco.
The Spanish painting collection spans from the twelfth to the nineteenth century with principal works of artists such as Titian, Bosch, Rubens, Van der Weyden, El Greco, Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera, Sorolla, and, most notably, Goya and Velázquez, the last two of which are particularly brilliant. The incomparable collection of Goya’s works is comprised of more than 140 pieces; additionally, among other famous paintings in the Museum´s Collection are The Family of Charles IV, The Naked Maja, The Clothed Maja, The Second of May, 1808, and The Third of May, 1808, as well as his famous collection of Black Paintings.
As far as Velázquez is concerned, the Prado holds almost half of his life’s works, including almost all his most important paintings, such as Las Meninas, The Surrender of Breda, The Spinners, and The Drunkards.
Inside the Museum, each visitor feels awed by the intense collection of fundamental works by great European masters, most notably those featured in an extensive collection of Spanish, Italian, and Flemish paintings and fantastic examples of German and French schools.
The list of titles and names is extraordinary, including The Garden of Earthy Delights by Bosch, The Annunciation by Fra Angélico, The Three Graces by Rubens, Christ Washing the Disciples’ Feet by Tintoretto, Rembrandt’s Artemisa, Rafael’s The Cardinal, Dürer’s Self-portrait, The Emperor Charles V by Titian, The Descent from the Cross by Van der Weyden, and a number of notable others.
The original Royal Collection has grown over time through careful selection, donation, and acquisition of works. The Museum also holds timeless sculptures, drawings, prints, architectural wonders, and photographs. In a new extension opened in 2007, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo, the Museum juxtaposes these wonderfully historic pieces with new and modern spaces for exhibitions, conservation, storage and visitor amenities, representing the epitome of artistic excellence and elegance, fully completing the visitor´s experience.
The Museo del Prado safeguards this enormous collection of artistic treasures for the world community and also for future generations, welcoming nearly three million visitors a year. The Museum has arguably one of the world´s finest restoration workshops and, through conservation and research, shares a great wealth of knowledge and enjoyment with the global community through the dissemination of information about its collections.
About American Friends of the Prado Museum: Created out of the greatest appreciation for these outstanding collections, American Friends is a U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to fostering philanthropic support for the conservation, dissemination, and enjoyment of the value, excellence, and history of Spanish, European, and classical Greco-Roman cultural heritage safeguarded in the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, for the benefit of all humanity.
We envision promoting knowledge and appreciation of this collection among the general public of the United States and actions to cultivate a world community where appreciation and knowledge of art, culture, and history provides meaning and inspiration for all.
American Friends encourages everyone to befriend this great international museum and offers a Friends program with personalized attention at the Prado Museum.
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About Santa Fe: Santa Fe is one of the world’s top award-winning and most beloved destinations. “The City Different” is four centuries of history and legend, ancient and modern cultures, a majestic outdoor world of recreation and adventure, vibrant visual and performing arts, expansive culinary delights, revitalizing spas, and uniquely tasteful shopping. TOURISM Santa Fe, a department of the City Of Santa Fe, promotes the city to leisure and business travelers and operates the LEED Gold Certified Santa Fe Convention Center. For information, access your Official Santa Fe Guide and visit www.santafe.org.