Photo: Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas, 1656, will be one of 92 high-quality reproductions on view at Civic Plaza.
Free and open to the public, Prado on the Plaza will feature pieces from the Spanish royal family's collection. The collection includes some of the most recognizable artworks in history such as Velázquez's Las Meninas from 1656 and Goya's 1814 oil painting The Third of May 1808 in Madrid, also called The Executions. Albuquerque is this exhibit's second stop in the United States. The Prado in Santa Fe drew more than 150,000 visitors and was listed in USA Today's "Top 25 must-see exhibits in 2017."
"Prado on the Plaza brings Prado to the people," said Mayor Tim Keller. "This outdoor exhibition will give visitors the chance to see fine art in a casual setting with Albuquerque's cityscape as a backdrop."
- Self-guided tours every day from sunrise to sunset
- Guided tours for groups of ten or more are available by appointment Wednesdays at noon and Friday mornings throughout July and August.
- Thursday, June 21st at 7 p.m. - Guided tour with local artists and poets
- Friday, August 10th at 7 p.m. - Guided tour with community leaders and favorite academics
The Prado Museum opened in 1819 and is Spain's main national art museum. It is widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 20th century. Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture it also contains important collections of other types of works. With a collection of 33,000 pieces of art, The Prado Museum is one of the most visited sites in the world drawing nearly 3 million visitors a year.