The Spanish Colonial Arts Society announced that their Board President, Jim Long, was appointed as an International Trustee of the Prado Museum Foundation in Madrid, Spain on October 18, 2012.
The official appointment was made by Carlos Zurita, Duque de Soria (Duke of Soria), who is the brother-in-law of the King Juan Carlos I.
Carlos Emilio Juan Zurita y Delgado, Duke of Soria, Duke of Hernani, Grandee of Spain (born Málaga, 9 October 1943), is the husband of Infanta Margarita of Spain, the younger sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain.
As husband of the 2nd Duchess of Hernani and Duchess of Soria, Zurita is styled as His Excellency The Duke of Soria and Hernani.
The Duke of Soria is President of the Spanish Federation of the Museums Friends Associations and President of the Friends of Prado Museum Foundation. He also is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Medicine.
Long is a prominent New Mexico businessman. Among his many business ventures, one he is most proud of is the Heritage Hotels and Resorts.
He credits his appointment to two things, his long time friendship with past US Ambassador to Spain, Edward Romero, and Jim’s involvement with the Spanish Colonial Arts Society in Santa Fe. The Society has the only museum in the United States that is dedicated exclusively to Spanish colonial art, and the Society presents the largest and oldest Spanish Market in the country, 2013 will see the 62nd annual Market.
The Museo del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in central Madrid. The Prado was founded 200 years old and is considered one of the finest in the world. The museum exhibits attract 3 million visitors per year and the Foundation has 15,000 supporters. There are currently 70 trustees representing 15 countries, with only four of them from the United States.
The Prado features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century, based on the former Spanish Royal Collection, and unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art.
Founded as a museum of paintings and sculpture, it also contains important collections of other types of works. A new, recently opened wing enlarged the display area by about 400 paintings, and it is currently used mainly for temporary expositions.
The Prado is one of the most visited sites in the world, and it is considered to be among the greatest museums of art. The large numbers of works by Velázquez and Francisco de Goya (the artist more extensively represented in the collection), Titian, Rubens and Bosch are among the highlights of the collection.
The collection currently comprises around 7,600 paintings, 1,000 sculptures, 4,800 prints and 8,200 drawings, in addition to a large number of other works of art and historic documents. By 2012 the Museum will be displaying about 1300 works in the main buildings, while around 3,100 works are on temporary loan to various museums and official institutions. The remainder of the collection is in storage.