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Museo del Prado to Acquire Bruegel the Elder Painting

The Minister of Culture, Ángeles González-Sinde, presided over a plenary session of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo del Prado in which it was unanimously decided to exercise the option to purchase The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day, an autograph work by Peter Bruegel the Elder.

The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day will join the Museum’s collections once the purchase option has been formalised for the sum of 7 million Euros at which it has been valued.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525/1530-1569). The Wine of Saint Martin’s Day. Glue-size tempera on linen, 148 x 270.5cm. Ca.1565-1568. Private Spanish collection

On 23 September the Minister announced the discovery of this previously unknown work by Bruegel the Elder, a key figure in 16th-century Flemish painting. It was attributed to the artist by the Museo del Prado following various months of study and restoration at the Museum.

Rafael Moneo, new Trustee
During the plenary session, the Royal Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Rafael Moneo as a Trustee, to replace Alfonso Pérez Sánchez who died last August. This decision was based on the international prestige of this Navarran architect in the world of culture and his particular and unique connection with the Museo del Prado.

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