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El Divino Morales Jueves, 1 de octubre de 2015

El Museo Nacional del Prado y la Fundación BBVA presentan una exposición dedicada a Luis de Morales, uno de los maestros más significativos y originales del Renacimiento español, para mostrar al público las composiciones más representativas y conocidas del artista en su doble faceta de maestro de retablos y creador de tablas devocionales.

A las 19 obras del Prado seleccionadas, entre las que se incluyen El Calvario y La Resurrección donadas por Plácido Arango, se unen 35 procedentes de museos nacionales e internacionales, coleccionistas privados e instituciones religiosas como la Virgen del pajarito de la parroquia de San Agustín de Madrid, la Virgen con el Niño y san Juanito de la Catedral Nueva de Salamanca o el Ecce Homo del Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga de Lisboa, recientemente restaurado en los talleres del Prado.

El Divino Morales

La Virgen de la leche, Luis de Morales. Óleo sobre tabla, 84 x 64 cm, h. 1565. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

At the end of September, the Museo del Prado and Fundación BBVA will present ‘The Divine Morales’, an exhibition intended as a testament to the work and life of Luis de Morales the ‘Divine’ practically a century after the Prado hosted the first monographic exhibition devoted to the artist.

Although Morales’s most representative creations were widely disseminated thanks to the existence of his own studio and through the versions produced by other painters and followers, this show brings together a careful selection solely of works that display the high quality standards of Morales’s extraordinary painting technique, including a sculpture by Alonso Berruguete from the Museo Nacional de Escultura in Valladolid which is closely linked to Morales’s Passion themes on account of the spirituality it conveys and the sculptural values found in this master’s painting.

This selection of works by Morales, mostly small-format paintings and half-length figures, illustrates the images he used throughout his career: the Virgin and Child, such as the popular Virgin Suckling the Child in the Museo del Prado; Christ crowned with thorns, such as the Man of Sorrows in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; tied to the column, carrying the cross or already dead in his mother’s arms, such as the Pietà from the Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. They make up a small repertoire of images that are usually devoid of temporal or spatial references in order to provide perfect conditions for immersing the viewer in religious contemplation.

The Divine Morales marks the culmination of an exhaustive study of the artist, the conclusions of which will be published in the exhibition catalogue.

After running at the Museo del Prado, the exhibition will be shown at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (9 February– 6 May 2016) and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (16 June–25 September 2016); the same exhibition layout will be used for all three venues, albeit with slight differences in the selection of works on view at each.

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