Madrid's Prado Museum Missing 885 Artworks

Madrid's Prado Museum Missing 885 Artworks

According to the El Pais, Spain's Museo del Prado has lost 885 artworks. According to reports, between 2008 and December 2012 the Service Deposit located 41 works of the 926. Its loss and recovery was attributed to the "rearrangement of collections".

The court says, "Lack of sufficient human resources," is the reason for the missing artworks. An internal review and continued searches have been ordered.

Read the report here.

The Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art, 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. Founded as a museum of paintings andsculpture, it also contains important collections of other types of works. A new, recently opened wing enlarged the display area by about 400 paintings, and it is currently used mainly for temporary expositions. El Prado is one of the most visited sites in the world, and it is considered to be among the greatest museums of art. The large numbers of works by Francisco de Goya, the artist most extensively represented in the collection, and by Diego Velázquez, Titian,Peter Paul Rubens and Hieronymus Bosch are among the highlights of the collection.

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