Alberto Pancorbo La Blanca
Museo Nacional del Prado, 2021
16,5 x 23,5 cm
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This book reconstructs the history of the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, the most important of the institutions that support a museum in Spain, and emphasizes the particular features that differentiate it from many of its counterparts, especially its profound vocation to publicize the museum's collections.
In order to contextualize its history, a first chapter is devoted to the genealogy of the associations of friends of museums and the way in which the historical and social framework in which they were created determined their nature, and also addresses other similar institutions that can be found. consider its precedents. A second chapter deals with the time and place in which the Foundation was born, addressing the situation in Spain and the Prado Museum in those years, which was what prompted its promoters to create it. The last chapter, the true core of the book, traces the history of the Foundation in parallel to that of the Prado, with a special emphasis on its gestation, and then goes on to discuss the variety of forms that its collaboration has adopted over the years. with the museum.
The volume shows the process by which an institution that was born from the initiative of a very small group of people has managed to involve tens of thousands of friends in its project, develop a fundamental work in support of the Prado Museum over four decades and become a reference in the dissemination of art knowledge in Spain.