Origins of the Prado Museum as a Natural History Museum

Origins of the Prado Museum as a Natural History Museum
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Origins of the Prado Museum as a Natural History Museum. A project by Miguel Angel Blanco. 19 November 2013 – 27 April 2014.


Snake Skeleton, 31,3 x 31,3 x 14,5 cm, Madrid, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales

The Neoclassical building designed by the Spanish architect Juan de Villanueva that now houses the Prado Museum, it was originally the home of the Natural History Collection, commissioned by king Charles III in 1785. On the 194th anniversary of the Museum founding and coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the death of Villanueva, this project by Miguel Ángel Blanco now pays homage to the Prado’s history and to the little known origins of its building as a Natural History museum.

If you have the chance, don’t miss this interesting exhibition, Yareah friends. It’s peculiar to see an exhibit about Natural History in The Prado but… Art is everywhere!

Video: The Prado Museum in Madrid houses paintings that give an eye-pleasing overview of Spain’s rich history from its golden age to its slow fade. Highlights include multiple works by Titian, Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, Velazquez’s Las Meninas, and Goya’s Second of May.

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