Unprecedented encounter between masterpieces from the Museum and the collection of the Museo de Arte de Ponce

The Cardinal Infante Fernando de Austria, Anthony van Dyck, Oil on canvas, 107 x 106 cm, Ca. 1634, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

The Cardinal Infante Fernando de Austria, Anthony van Dyck, Oil on canvas, 107 x 106 cm, Ca. 1634, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

    Opening on 25 March, the exhibition From El Greco to Goya: Masterpieces from the Museo del Prado, organised by the Prado, the Museo de Arte de Ponce (MAP) and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), with the sponsorship of the Compañía de Turismo of Puerto Rico, Banco Santander de Puerto Rico and Goya, Puerto Rico, will offer visitors the chance to see an outstanding selection of 24 works from the Prado’s collection by artists such as El Greco, Van Dyck, Ribera, Murillo, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya.

    Friday 23 March 2012

    The exhibition From El Greco to Goya: Masterpieces from the Museo del Prado, which will present in Ponce a selection of works by some of the greatest 16th- to 19th-century painters, is the result of a collaborative agreement involving the exchange of collections and the development of joint projects between the Museo de Arte de Ponce and the Museo Nacional del Prado. Curated by Cheryl Hartup and Pablo Pérez d’Ors, curators at the MAP, and coordinated by Gabriele Finaldi, Associate Director of Curatorship and Research at the Museo del Prado, and Agustín Arteaga, Director of the MAP, the exhibition will be on display at the Museo de Arte de Ponce from 25 March to 9 July.

    Collaboration between the MAP and the Prado began in 2009 with the presentation in the Madrid museum of the exhibition The Sleeping Beauty. Victorian Painting from the Museo de Arte de Ponce. Comprising 17 works from the MAP’s collection, it offered visitors to the Prado the chance to learn more about 19th-century English painting and to see an important selection of works from the collection of the MAP, which was at that date embarking on the renovation and expansion of its building, a project that is now completed.

    To be seen for the first time in Puerto Rico, From El Greco to Goya: Masterpieces from the Museo del Prado> brings together 24 paintings by some of the greatest names in western art including Titian, El Greco, Ribera, Rubens, Velázquez, Zurbarán and Goya. These works from the Prado’s collection reflect the evolution of Spanish painting over four centuries in an exhibition that also focuses on the artistic traditions and ideological concerns that defined the Spanish School in the 17th century.

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