Museo Nacional Del Prado

The main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid.

Museo Nacional Del Prado features one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art.

The building of Museo Nacional del Prado was originally designed in 1785 by the architect Juan de Villanueva on the orders of Charles III to house the Natural History Cabinet. Nonetheless, the building's final function was not decided until the monarch's grandson, Ferdinand VII, encouraged by his wife, Queen María Isabel de Braganza, decided to use it as a new Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures. The prado ("meadow") where the museum is located gave its name to the area, the Salón del Prado (later Paseo del Prado), and to the museum itself upon nationalisation.

The best-known work on display at the museum is Las Meninas by Velázquez. Velázquez not only provided the Prado with his own works, but his keen eye and sensibility were also responsible for bringing much of the museum's fine collection of Italian masters to Spain, now the largest outside of Italy.

 

ESTABLISHED

1819

DIRECTOR

Miguel Zugaza

Location

Madrid, Spain

ONSITE VISITS

2,3 million (2013)

ONLINE VISITS

4,522,000+  (2014)

FACEBOOK FANS

411,000+

TWITTER FOLLOWERS

406,000+

Team

INTK, collaborators and freelancers responsible for projects developed with the Museo Nacional del Prado.

Rui Guerra

INTK co-founder and strategist

Javier Pantoja

Javier Pantoja

Head of Digital Prado

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