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The Fundación IBERDROLA and the Museo Nacional del Prado have announced the first call in their scholarship programme for Training and Research in Restoration, as part of the agreement entered into by the two institutions last year, under which the Foundation became a "protector member" of the national art gallery.
The aim of this initiative is to complete the training of future experts and promote research in the area of restoration. This initiative is part of the Fundación IBERDROLA's Scholarship Programme. Two single scholarships will be awarded, each worth EUR 15,000.
The first scholarship will be to participate in the painting specialism in the Prado's Restoration Area, by collaborating in the restoration and conservation processes carried out on the museum's works. The second will allow the recipient to take part in the image scanning processes and in preparing material for obtaining X-rays as part of the technical team working in the area.
Candidates wishing to obtain one of these 10-month scholarships should be graduates in Restoration with a Painting specialism and a minimum degree classification of "notable" (Spanish equivalent to British 2:1). They must also be familiar with the Museo Nacional del Prado collection.
Applications will be assessed initially by the museum's Restoration Area and subsequently by two study and assessment committees created for each scholarship, respectively chaired by the Deputy Director of Conservation at the Prado National Museum, Gabriele Finaldi, and the Head of the gallery's Restoration Area, Pilar Sedano. Selection will be based on merit, an assessment of the paper to be submitted and an interview with the short-listed applicants.
Candidates should forward the necessary documentation to the Museum's General Register before 30 April next. For information on the documentary and other requirements that should be met in order to qualify for the scholarships, please visit www.fundacioniberdrola.org.
About the Museo Nacional del Prado
One of the most significant roles of the Museo Nacional del Prado is to guarantee the protection and conservation of the Spanish Historical Heritage properties assigned to it. Most of this work is done by the Museum's Restoration Area, which consists of 31 experts from different interdisciplinary departments that work together on preventive conservation, study and analysis and when necessary on the restoration of the works of art.
The Museum's Plan of Action for 2009-2012 contemplates the restoration of several masterpieces, including for example Dürer'sAdam and Eve, which were presented in November 2010 with a special installation as the first project to be sponsored by the Fundación IBERDROLA.
About the Fundación IBERDROLA
The Fundación IBERDROLA, with Ignacio Galán as its Founding Trustee and Manuel Marín in the role of Chairman, focuses its activity in three main spheres of action: progress towards a sustainable energy model, cultural development in the countries where IBERDROLA operates and cooperation towards development and solidarity.
The Foundation has a broad-ranging postgraduate scholarships programme that aims to contribute towards educating young researchers in the field of energy and making progress towards a sustainable energy model. The institution is also involved in various projects for the conservation of historic-artistic heritage. Some of the highlights among these are the Atlantic Romanesque Heritage Restoration Programme, entered into with the Portuguese Ministry of Culture and the Regional Government of Castile and León to restore 33 Romanesque temples located in the vicinity of the rivers Duero and Támega.