October of 2009 saw the opening of the Museum’s principal exhibition of that season: Tears of Eros, an ambitious project devised and curated by Guillermo Solana, the Museum’s Artistic Director. Sponsored by Caja Madrid, the works on display were divided between the Museum (Paseo del Prado, 8) and the Casa de las Alhajas (Plaza de San Martín, 1). Tears of Eros was an innovative analysis of the intimate relationship between the sexual impulse and death –Eros and Thanatos– in the visual arts.