Selfportrait, Luis Paret, 1776. Oil on canvas, 33,6 cm × 23,4 cm, Museo de San Juan collection, Municipio de San Juan

The Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP)

The Museo de Arte de Ponce was founded in 1959 by Luis A. Ferré (1904-2003), a leading figure in the economic, political and cultural history of Puerto Rico and a passionate devotee of music and the arts.

The Museum became an important centre for European culture in the Caribbean and Central America. Its initial collection, which offered a wide-ranging vision of Western art, was exhibited by schools (Italian, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, English, French, North American and Puerto Rican), with the European works comprising the central axis of the collection.

In 1963 Luis Ferré acquired two of the highlights in the MAP’s collection of British art, The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon by Edward Burne-Jones, a mural size interpretation of Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur, and Flaming June by Frederic Lord Leighton, the latter a pictorial tribute to beauty and the most famous painting in the MAP’s collection.

The MAP’s collection numbers around 3,800 works from the 14th to the 21st centuries, including Italian and Spanish Baroque, English Pre-Raphaelite and contemporary Latin American paintings.

With its renovation and expansion project now complete, the Museo de Arte de Ponce is reopening with the present exhibition, From El Greco to Goya: Masterpieces from the Museo del Prado.

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