The Prado is Temporarily Enriching its El Greco Collection with the Artist's View and Plan of Toledo

Following its restoration, the canvas is now on display at the Prado

Starting yesterday, until the autumn of next year when it is envisaged that work will be completed on the Museo del Greco in Toledo, visitors to the Prado will have the chance to appreciate the artist’s unique work, View and Plan of Toledo. In contrast to the partial views of the city that appear in other works by the artist, this canvas offers a multiple viewpoint; in addition to a perspectival presentation it includes a detailed plan of the city, held up by the figure of a young man and painted with the characteristically sketchy handling of the artist’s last years. This complex composition also includes an allegory of the river Tagus, seen here as a sculpture that pours water and hence prosperity, as well as the iconic religious image of that city, that of the Virgin placing the chasuble on Saint Ildefonso. In addition, prominence is also given to the Hospital de Tavera, which is depicted on a cloud in an explicit reference to the administrator of the building, Pedro Salazar de Mendoza, a friend of the artist and the probable patron of the work.

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Published in: on June 4, 2009 at 9:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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Prado Opens Most Important Retrospective Ever Devoted to the Work of Joaquín Sorolla

The White Boat, Jávea. Oil on canvas, 105 x 150 cm., 1905. Private collection

This May, the Museo del Prado is presenting the largest and most important retrospective ever to be devoted to the work of Joaquín Sorolla, the most internationally celebrated Spanish painter of the XIX century. The exhibition includes more than 100 paintings by the artist and will offer a comprehensive overview of his finest works, among them all of his great masterpieces. They include the group of panels entitled Visions of Spain, painted for the Hispanic Society of America and brought to Spain by Bancaja in 2007. This exceptional exhibition has benefited from the sponsorship of Bancaja, who in addition to their significant undertaking as organising body of the exhibition “Sorolla. Vision of Spain” that was shown to great acclaim in various Spanish cities, has now made a further contribution in the form of their collaboration with this major exhibition project at the Prado.

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Published in: on May 26, 2009 at 11:55 am  Leave a Comment  
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Prado Opens New Guest Work Program and Exhibition Hall with a Visit by Nicolas Sarkozy

La familia de Felipe V by Louis Michel van Loo

The state visit that French President Nicolas Sarkozy made to Spain and to the Museo del Prado this afternoon, together with the King and Queen of Spain, coincides with the inauguration by the Prado of the “Guest Work of Art” program, precisely with a work of art that comes from the Louvre, The Penitent Magdalene by Georges de La Tour, as well as the inauguration of the new exhibition hall dedicated to portraits of the Borbon family by French painters. The first guest work of art will be on view until June 28, in hall 5, together with paintings made by the artist which are housed in the museum.

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Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 2:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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