Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Calle de Ruiz de Alarcon, 23, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, PO: 28014 (Spain)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 2004
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Museo del Prado has the largest and most important collection of Spanish painting in the world, numbering more than 4,800 paintings and dating from the Romanesque period to the 19th-century.

RI Keywords
Documentation, Digital archive, Collections and archives, Digital library, Museum, Arts, Collections, Archive, Restoration, Library
RI Category
Analytical Facilities
Research Archives
Research Libraries
Research Data Service Facilities
Scientific Domain
Humanities and Arts
ESFRI Domain
Social and Cultural Innovation
Digital Archive

More than 13,000 records to study the history of the Prado Museum and its collection and, by extension, the cultural history of Spain in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Digital library

The Museo Nacional del Prado possesses one of the most important Art libraries in Spain, specialized in European Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Engraving and Decorative Arts from Middle Ages to the 19th century. The Library contains approximately 75.000 monographs and 1.500 periodicals as well as audiovisual material and specialized digital resources. It also has an interesting collection of antique books (prior to 1900) –about 5.000– as a result of the acquisition of the Cervelló and Madrazo Libraries. The Library’s collection is accessible through its catalogue. Digital library accesible:

Technical Studies & Restorations
Collection Documentation Service

The task of the Documentation Service of the Museo Nacional del Prado is to gather together and organize the historical, scientific and technical information related to the Museum’s collection and to include it into the database. The Documentation Service has promoted the creation of an information system which allows the different departments of the Museum to access this information, turning the internal work of each of them into visible data. This information is fully available from terminals located in the Reading Room, although the online Collection in the museum website provides partial access to this information. The Documentation Service enables researchers and millions of users that cannot move to the Museum to access this information by promoting the Collection through the Museum website: