Pieter Snijers. A boy drawing in a garden

About us


Dr Matías Díaz Padrón

Honorary President

Academician of both the Académie Royale d'Archéologie de Belgique and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Miguel Arcángel, in the Canary Islands. Knight Commander of the Order of Leopold II of Belgium. Europa Nostra Research Award 2014, for his monograph Van Dyck en España. Canarias Award 2008. Golden Master by the "Senior Management Forum". Gabarrón Award 2007, for his contribution to both the History of Art and the Conservation-Restoration. Gold Medal of the Canary Islands 2002. His thesis on the 17th century Flemish Painting in Spain received Cum laude and the Extraordinary Doctorate Award in History from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Chief Curator of the Department of Flemish and Dutch Painting of the Renaissance and Baroque in the Museo Nacional del Prado until 2005, currently he is a Technical Advisor for this museum. He made the catalogues raisonnés on the 16th century Flemish Painting belonging to this art gallery. He has been curator of international exhibitions, such as the one celebrated in commemoration of the 4th centenary of the birth of Rubens in 1977, Europalia 85, Splendeurs d'Espagne et les villes belges 1510-1700 and Rubens and his century, held in Mexico in 1998 and in Ferrara in 1999, among others.

Researcher for the Instituto Diego Velázquez belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), professor at the Superior School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (1965-1975), as well as at both the Complutense and the Autónoma universities of Madrid (1967-1985). Speaker at national and international conferences and various seminars, his research has been published in journals such as Archivo Español de Arte, Goya. Journal of History and Art, Revue Belge d'Archeologie et d'Histoire de l'Art, Philostrato. Journal of History and Art or Anuario de Estudios Atlánticos, among others. He also wrote the monographs El Siglo de Rubens en el Museo del Prado, Van Dyck en España and the most recent Jacob Jordaens and Spain.