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The Prado in Women II. The artistic patrons of the museum’s collections (1602-1700) – Museo del Prado | 08.05.-08.09.2024

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Following the extraordinary success of the tour The Prado for Women (December 2022-April 2023), which has become a model for other museums and collections, the Museo Nacional del Prado is presenting a second edition from today until 8 September, inviting us to celebrate the collecting of various women from the European royal houses whose contribution was decisive in the expansion of the former royal collection and thus of the current museum.

Image above: Queen Mariana of Austria 1652 – 1653. oil on canvas, 234.2 x 132 cm

Following a chronological criterion, the first tour focussed on those women whose work fell in the years between the birth of Isabella the Catholic and the death of Isabella Clara Eugenia (1451-1633). In this second edition, we turn to the 17th century to look at new patrons of the arts whose lives fall between the figures of Isabella of Bourbon and Mariana of Neoburg (1602-1700). Queen Christina of Sweden, to whom we owe the most valuable collection of classical sculptures in the Museo Nacional del Prado, stands out for her exceptionality, as do such fundamental and representative works from the collections as the Adam and Eve panels by Dürer.

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Queen Mariana of Neoburg on horseback 1693 – 1694. oil on canvas, 81.2 x 61.4 cm

The determination of the Museo Nacional del Prado to make the role of women in art more visible and to highlight the contribution of these promoters has meant that this tour is accompanied by a book about its protagonists, four audiovisual pieces that premiere today in co-production with CaixaForum+, and an ambitious programme of complementary activities, including: Visits with the curator of the tour, creation of digital content, guides for families, a training course for teachers, a film series, a dance piece and a new edition.

The continuity and cross-cutting participation of the different areas of the Museo Nacional del Prado in this project places it in line with the initiatives developed in this area by institutions such as the Rijksmuseum (Women of the Rijksmuseum) and the National Portrait Gallery (Reframing narratives), and demonstrates the museum’s firm commitment to telling the story more broadly and showing it from a more inclusive perspective by creating new narratives in which women, as in this case, are protagonists in their own right: the artistic patrons, the patrons, the women who have advanced this institution and contributed significantly to the formation of its collections and to whom the museum pays a well-deserved tribute with this project.


Exhibition dates:
Wednesday, 08 May to Sunday, 08 September 2024

Opening hours:
From Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00
Sunday and public holidays from 10:00 to 19:00

From Monday to Saturday from 18:00 to 20:00
Sunday and public holidays from 17:00 to 19:00


Museo del Prado
28014 Madrid


General admission 15 €
7.5 € reduced

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