The Prado museum in Spain was the recent recipient of its largest private donation in decades. Jose Luis Varez, a Barcelona businessman, gifted them with 12 medieval and Renaissance works by various Spanish artists.
The painting and sculptures including “The Virgin of Tobeda” are a premier example of Catalan Italo-gothic painting.
Varez, who made the donation attended a ceremony along with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy his donation will join paintings by famed Spanish masters like, El Greco, Velazques and Goya in what is one of Europe’s most venerated museums.
President of the Prado board of trustees Jose Pedro Perez Llorca said, “These aren’t times of lavish state spending, so this donation is generous and tremendously timely.”
Jose Luis Varez the Barcelona businessman and engineer will receive the rare honor of having a room at the Madrid museum named after him. The museum which welcomed nearly 3 million visitors last year did not announce when the newly donated works will be on display.