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Madrid’s Prado to light up paintings with LED upgrade

Madrid's Prado museum.
Madrid’s Prado museum. Image by Brian Snelson / CC BY 2.0

Madrid’s premier art museum, the Prado, is to embark on a major project to upgrade its gallery lighting from halogen bulbs to LED in a move that is expected to dramatically improve the brightness of its master paintings. Works by artists such as Goya will look as though they have just been restored as the LED lights will bring background details of the paintings to life that previously would have been hard to make out. The lighting will be transitioned over a period of about two years, during which time the lamps will be combined on some paintings so that visitors can see the difference between the two for themselves. The project, called Iluminando el Prado (Lighting up the Prado), is expected to cost €800,000 to €1 million. Read more: elpais.com