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Before the Wedding
Muñoz Degrain, Antonio
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Muñoz Degrain, Antonio

Valencia, 1840 - Málaga, 1924

Before the Wedding

1882. Oil on canvas, 120 x 95 cm.

A very beautiful study of Isabel de Segura, the protagonist of the nineteenth-century legend of The Lovers of Teruel, which was dramatized in verse by Hartzenbusch. The bride, prepared to marry Rodrigo de Azara, the spouse her father chose for her, wears an expression of profound sadness and desperation at not being able to marry her true love, Diego de Marsilla. The modernity of Muñoz Degrain´s art is especially notable in this work, where the detailed rendering of Isabel´s figure contrasts with the loose and faded brushstrokes of the background. Indeed, it is barely possible to make out the silhouettes of the tapestries that decorate the walls, and the jewelry box and vase on the table to the right. This technique comes directly from the artist´s admiration of sixteenth-century Venetian painting, in which the purely pictorial quality of the work, its exuberance and color, are given more importance than the linearity of drawing. The Prado also has another work by Muñoz Degrain related to the subject of The Lovers of Teruel (P4521). The latter was painted in 1884 and presented alongside the present work at the National Exhibition of 1884. This painting was acquired by the State for the Prado Museum by Royal Order of 28 November 1884, and from there it entered the now-closed Museum of Modern Art.

Technical data

Inventory number
P03779
Author
Muñoz Degrain, Antonio
Title
Before the Wedding
Date
1882
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
High/Height: 120 cm.; Width: 95 cm.
Provenance
Acquisition, 1884; Museo del Prado; Museo de Arte Moderno

Bibliography +

Rodriguez Garcia, Santiago, Antonio Muñoz Degrain, Institución Alfonso el Magnánimo, Valencia, 1966, pp. 187.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas del siglo XIX, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1985, pp. 185.

El mundo literario en la pintura del siglo XIX del Museo del Prado, Centro Nacional de Exposiciones y Promoción Artística, Madrid, 1994, pp. 170 nº24.

Signos: Arte y Cultura en Huesca: de Forment a Lastanosa, siglos XVI-XVII, Gobierno de Aragón, Diputación de Huesca, Huesca, 1994.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996, pp. 195.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Maestros de la pintura valenciana: del siglo XIX en el Museo, Museo Nacional del Prado Autoridad Portuaria, Madrid, 1997, pp. 130 nº15.

El siglo XIX en el Prado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2007, pp. 264 nº52.3.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado: catálogo general, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 233.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 641.
Autor D. Antonio Muñoz Degrain / 641. Un cuadro titulado 'Antes de la boda' / Adquirido en 3000 pesetas / Alto 1,20 anº 0,95 / Real Orden fecha 22 noviembre de 1884

Inv. General del Museo de Arte Moderno, 1899-1902. Núm. 998.

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 141-M.

There are no temporary exhibitions related to this work

Update date: 10-10-2017 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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