“Museo del Prado”

Ingres’ portraits at the Museo del Prado in Madrid

From 24 November 2015 to 27 March 2016, the Museo del Prado in Madrid presents an exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Louvre Museum, around the work of great master of the Neoclassical line, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. The exhibition presents itself in the form of a precise chronologicy of the work of Ingres, but more specifically touches on his complex relationship with the art of portraiture, (the sacred art which has secured his place as one of the great painters of history), torn between ambition and repulsion. The works of Ingres were only, at least superficially, anchored in academism, even if he is established as an absolute master of neo-classicism and that the aesthetic of Greek art inspired him, his art and his very individual aesthetic represent a key movement towards the artistic revolutions of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. He inspired the rejuvenation of the European schools of the 19th century, particularly in Spain, but also foreshadowed the genius of Picasso by employing anatomical distortion, like in his Grande Odalisque (1814, Louvre Museum) which lengthened the back. The numerous portraits that he realised remain a mirror of the bourgeois society of his time, as Ingres knew particularly well how to render the texture of clothes and fabrics, indicators of a social level. The last exhibition dedicated to Ingres was held in 2008 at the Musée de la Vie romantique in...

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Museo del Prado purchases Renaissance triptych for €4 million

The Spanish newspaper El Confidential has reported that the Museo del Prado has purchased a Renaissance triptych, depicting the birth and adoration of Jesus, for €4 million. The artist behind the piece remains unidentified, but experts have deduced it was painted in around 1450 in Castilla, Spain. It previously belonged to the Álvarez Fisa Collection. Fisa, who passed away in 2013, was a businessman and member of the museum’s board and left 12 works to the museum and six on temporary loan. The triptych was one of the temporary loans, and has therefore been on display at the Prado since 2013, until the museum agreed to purchase it from Fisa’s...

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Bernini at the Prado

The Museo del Prado in Madrid is to host an exhibition of works by the renowned Italian Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680) entitled “Bernini’s Souls. Art in Rome for the Spanish Court”. The exhibition will take place from 6 November 2014 until 8 February 2015. This is to be the first time that an exhibition in Spain will be dedicated to the artist, emphasising his relationship with the country and figures such as Philip IV and Charles II. On display for the first time at the Museo del Prado will be the sculptures Anima beata and Anima dannata, commissioned from the young Bernini by Pedro Foix de Montoya. Bernini was the leading sculptor of his age, as well as an artist and architect, and has come to be regarded as a crucial figure in art history. The exhibition is curated by Delfín Rodríguez Ruiz, Senior Professor of Art History at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, and a specialist in this field....

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El Prado Museum is missing 885 artworks

As reported by Spanish publication El Pais, Museo del Prado in Madrid is missing 885 artworks from its collection — as recorded by a recent audit. Forty-one out of a total 926 had been found between 2008 and 2012, which were reportedly misplaced when del Prado and Museo Reina Sofía underwent a collection reconstruction. The audit cities a “lack of human resources” as responsible, but due to the length of time and various factors behind the losses — fires, wars — no one is to be held accountable. However, given there is no proof as to the whereabouts or conditions of the missing pieces, they are to remain on the museum’s inventory; as explained by a spokesperson from del Prado, reported by El Pais: “Suspecting [that they were lost] is not enough; if there is no factual evidence that they were destroyed, we cannot take them off the inventory.” Museo del Prado comprises one of Europe’s largest art collections, with a total of 27,509 pieces — according to an inventory in...

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Egusquiza and Wagner’s “Parsifal” at the Museo del Prado

Madrid, 30 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883), with an exhibition dedicated to works based on his last opera, Parsifal. Pieces on display are produced by Cantabrian painter Rogelio de Egusquiza (1845-1915), as part of an exhibition entitled “El Mal se desvanece. Egusquiza y el Parsifal de Wagner en el Museo del Prado” (Evil vanishes. Egusquiza and Wagner’s Parsifal at the Museo del Prado), to run from 5 November 2013 until 29 June 2014. Egusquiza was a fervent admirer of the composer, who was originally from Leipzig. The museum is to present a selection of the artist’s paintings, drawings and prints collected by the artist, exhibited at the Prado for the first time. Donated to the museum by the artist in 1902, the works are an example of European Symbolism, and respond to the intensity and heroism of Wagner’s works. As a painter, sculptor and engraver, Spanish-born Egusquiza was a disciple of Francisco Mendoza. He moved to Paris to join the École des Beaux-Arts in 1860 and, by 1876, after numerous trips, had developed a passion for Richard Wagner and his work. In 1879, he went to Munich to assist in a performance of Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of Nibelung). Upon his return to Paris, he joined a group of Symbolist artists and Wagnerian enthusiasts, beginning a series of works in which he used art as a vehicle to explore mysticism and the...

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