The Prado has started the events to commemorate its bicentennial with the inauguration of the exhibition 'Museo del Prado 1819-2019. A place of memory', which will remain open to the public until March 10, 2019. It is a sample composed of 168 works, which reflect the evolution of the most visited gallery in Spain and thirteenth in Europe with more than 2.84 million tickets sold.
The Prado opened its doors on November 19, 1819 under the name of Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture with 311 paintings of the Royal Collection, all of them by Spanish authors. In 1868 it was renamed the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture and, finally, it was renamed Museo Nacional del Prado.
The central idea of the bicentennial is to explain the evolution of the largest art gallery in Spain and how a private collection conceived for the delight of a few people up becoming the main cultural institution of the country.
The Prado starts the events of its bicentennial with the exhibition 'Museo del Prado 1819-2019. A place of memory 'and with four days of open doors 19, 23, 24 and 25 November. In addition, throughout 2019 a series of temporary exhibitions on Velázquez, Goya, Rembrandt, Fra Angelico, among others, can be visited at the museum. Activities will also be held in some 30 Spanish cities.