William B. Jordan donates a Velázquez
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On December 2016, William B. Jordan donated
the Portrait Philip III of Spain to American Friends
of the Prado Museum, attribution to Diego Velázquez.
This historic discovery by Jordan, corroborated
with the Museo del Prado, is an oil on canvas believed
to be a preparatory portrait for the artist´s epic composition
of The expulsion of the Moriscos lost in the Alcazar
fire of 1734 in Madrid.
William B. Jordan and the Portrait of Philip III
The Portrait of Philip III is now displayed in Room 24
of the Villanueva Building, one of its most emblematic
spaces, at the heart of the permanent collection and
next to Philip II offering the Infante don Fernando to
Victory by Titian.
The gift is a landmark commencement for American
Friends of the Prado Museum in its mission to support,
preserve and disseminate knowledge of the excellent
European artistic heritage held by the Museo del Prado.