Madrid's Prado woos art lovers despite crisis
The Prado Museum received a near-record number of visitors of 2.65 million visitors in 2009.Madrid – Madrid's prestigious Prado Museum said Tuesday it received a near-record number of visitors this year, but fears a downturn in 2010 despite a star exhibition by the English master JMW Turner.
The Prado will have received some 2.65 million visitors by the end of the year, close to the record figure hit in 2008, despite the economic crisis, said its director Miguel Zugaza.
But he predicted that the global downturn could lead to a drop of 10 to 15 percent next year.
Next year's highlights at the Prado include Art and Power: Arms, Armour and Paintings from the Spanish Court, which has just been shown at the National Gallery in Washington.
Turner and the Masters, which explores the links between the 19th-century British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner and his artistic forebears, will move from London's Tate Britain gallery via Paris to Madrid in June 2010.
One of Madrid's three great museums along with the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Prado drew a record 450,000 visitors this year for a retrospective of impressionist-inspired Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla.
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