Georges de La Tour has only recently been discovered in terms of his artistic personality. Little is known of his early training in the Catholic city of Vic-sur-Seille in Lorraine (France), which he must have completed around 1610 when he was aged about 17. Subsequent documentation reveals him as a financially successful painter with a brusque personality but professionally renowned. At the end of his career La Tour was appointed painter to Louis XIII.
La Tour lived at a crucial period for the history of Lorraine, which culminated with the loss of the duchy’s political independence. Within this context the artist evolved a painting of surprising lyricism, particularly in his nocturnal scenes, nearly all of them religious. These are almost monochrome works with monumental forms, filled with solitude and silence.
Curators:Andrés ÚbedaMuseo del Prado Senior Curator Italian and French Painting (to 1700)Dimitri SalmonMusée du Louvre
A unique opportunity to discover how the Talbotype Illustrations were created, which made up the fourth volume of the book, Annals of the Artists of Spain, a true landmark in the history of photography. This was the first art history book in the world that was illustrated with photographs and it constitutes an extraordinary testament to how Spanish art became so well known in Great Britain through the auspices of the Hispanist, William Stirling Maxwell.
This exhibition brings together, for the first time, the various materials that were used in order to create the Talbotype Illustrations, as well as information regarding the background events surrounding the project. It offers us a marvellous opportunity to contemplate seven of the best-preserved examples from this illustrated volume from the Annals.
Curators:Hilary MacartneyUniversity of GlasgowJosé Manuel MatillaHead of the Drawings and Prints at the Museo Nacional del Prado.
The Museo del Prado is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Miguel Blay (Olot, 1866 – Madrid, 1936), one of the most important Spanish sculptors of the late 19th and first third of the 20th centuries, with an exhibition of several important works from a career that reflects the different trends prevailing in sculpture during his lifetime, principally Realism, Modernismo and Symbolism.
Curator:Leticia Azcue BreaChief Curator of Sculpture and the Decorative Arts at the Museo Nacional del Prado
The Prado is joining in the celebrations of the 5th centenary of the death of Bosch (c. 1450–1516) by staging a major monographic exhibition featuring more than sixty works by the painter from various Spanish and foreign institutions. It will take place from May to September 2016 in the exhibition galleries of the Jerónimos building. The most important exhibition ever to be held on the artist, it will include Bosch’s main triptychs, such as the outstanding Triptych of the Temptation of Saint Anthony lent by the Museu Nacional de Arte Antigain Lisbon.
The Museo del Prado is publishing its first comic to mark with the 5th centenary of Jheronimus Bosch. A book-length publication, it offers a combined narrative and visual approach to the work of this enigmatic artist.
Triptych of the Enchanted (a Boschian pantomime) is part of the programme of activities and events organised in conjunction with Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition, which has benefitted from the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA. The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to see more than 75% of this Netherlandish artist’s small surviving oeuvre of paintings and drawings.