The Museo del Prado and the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado present
This show (24.03.2015 - 28-06.2015) celebrates the completion of the work to restore the Calvary, which was carried out under a collaboration agreement signed in 2011 by Patrimonio Nacional and the Museo Nacional del Prado to exhibit the work at the Prado for three months before it returns to El Escorial. This restoration project also involved the collaboration of Fundación Iberdrola as a benefactor member of the Museo del Prado’s restoration programme. This masterpiece of fifteenth-century Flemish painting was a gift from Van de Weyden himself to Scheut charterhouse (Brussels) shortly before his death and later, in 1574, it was officially delivered to the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial.
In addition to the Calvary, this exhibition features theDescent executed for the church of Our Lady Outside the Walls in Louvain and housed in the Museo del Prado, and the Miraflores Triptych, a gift from King John II of Castile to the charterhouse of Miraflores in Burgos and now owned by the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin. These three works, the only ones in Spain at an early date and regarded as autograph, have been brought together in this exhibition for the first time in history. They will be joined by one of the sculptural groups of the so-called Bethlehem Altarpiece from the church of Santa María de la Asunción in Laredo, executed in Brussels around 1440, in order to provide a fascinating visual contrast both between the figures in this work, which are very similar to those of theDescent and the Calvary, and between the small reliefs on the archivolts, which resemble those of the Miraflores Triptych. (Text: Museo National del Prado)