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Reflections of the Cosmos

From July 11th to October 16th 2022

With the support of American Friends of the Prado Museum, thanks to the generosity of The Arthur & Holly Magill Foundation, the Museo Nacional del Prado offers, from today and until October 16th, the itinerary “Reflections of the Cosmos” created by Astrophysicist, Montserrat Villar. The route reflects how the changing perception and knowledge of the cosmos was reflected in art of the past.

The breadth of the Prado’s collection makes this perspective based on the history of astronomy possible and invites us to focus on these concepts in a selection of 20 works of art from artist such as Patinir, Rubens, Murillo, Zurbarán or Tiepolo. The itinerary is accompanied with a publication and audioguide.

Discover how art and science connect in this fascinating progression of knowledge over time.

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Supported by:
American Friends of the Prado Museum
Thanks to the generosity of:

The Arthur and Holly Magill Foundation

Itinerary

Section I. The myth of the flat Earth

Section I. The myth of the flat Earth
Charon crossing the Styx
Joachim Patinir
Oil on panel, 64 x 103 cm
1520-24
Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
1. Joachim Patinir, Charon crossing the Styx
2. Hieronymus Bosch, The Third Day of Creation (outer panels of The Garden of Earthly Delights Triptych)
3. Giovanni dal Ponte, The Seven Liberal Arts
4. Maestro de la Virgen de los Reyes Católicos, The Virgin of the Catholic Monarchs
5. Fernando Gallego, Christ Blessing

Section II. Myths in the stars

Section II. Myths in the stars
Perseus freeing Andromeda
Peter Paul Rubens and Jacques Jordaens
Oil on canvas 223 x 163 cm
1639-41
Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
6. Peter Paul Rubens and Jacques Jordaens, Perseus freeing Andromeda
7. Peter Paul Rubens, Diana and Callisto
8. Unknown Italian artist, Ariadne

Section III. When the Moon lost its purity

Section III. When the Moon lost its purity
Diana and Callisto
Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre
Oil on canvas, 197 x 114 cm
1745 - 1749
Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
9. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre, Diana and Callisto
10. Gaspare Vanvitelli, View of Venice from the Island of San Giorgio
11. Giambattista Tiepolo, The Immaculate Conception
12. Francisco de Zurbarán, The Immaculate Conception
13. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Aranjuez Immaculate Conception
14. Pedro Pablo Rubens, The Immaculate Conception

Section IV. The telescope revolution

Section IV. The telescope revolution
The Sense of Sight
Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Brueghel the Elder (Jan 'Velvet' Brueghel)
Oil on panel, 109,5 x 64,7 cm
1617
Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
15. Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, The Sense of Sight
16. Attributed to Giuliano Finelli , Seneca
17. Workshop of Peter Paul Rubens, Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher
18. Peter Paul Rubens, Saturn devouring a Son
19. Peter Paul Rubens, The Birth of the Milky Way
20. Adam Elsheimer, Ceres in the House of Hecuba

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