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Last Dream of a Virgin
Villegas Brieva, Manuel
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Villegas Brieva, Manuel

Lérida (Spain), 1871 - Madrid (Spain), 1923

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Last Dream of a Virgin

1895. Oil on canvas. Room B

In a Symbolist vein, this work proclaims the perfect end for a Christian girl whose virginity is rewarded in her last dream with a lily of purity laid by an angel on her breast. In a language indebted to Pre-Raphaelite painting, Villegas Brieva fashions a transcendent icon that condenses the ideological pressure exerted on women by the nineteenth century concept of feminine virtue.

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Villegas Brieva, Manuel
Last Dream of a Virgin
Height: 115.5 cm.; Width: 201 cm.
Acquired by the State from the artist, 1895; Museo de Arte Moderno, 1900-1971

Bibliography +

Orihuela, Mercedes y Cenalmor, Elena, El ''Prado disperso''. Obras depositadas en Córdoba y Sevilla. I. Córdoba. Instituto Séneca, Boletín del Museo del Prado, 20, 2002, pp. 160.

Díez, J.L. (dir.), Pintura del Siglo XIX en el Museo del Prado. Catálogo general., Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2015, pp. 588.

G.Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2020, pp. 142 nº 8.

Other inventories +

Inv. General del Museo de Arte Moderno, 1899-1902. Núm. 599.

Catálogo Museo de Arte Moderno, 1900. Núm. 625.
SECCIÓN DE PINTURA EN SUS DIVERSAS CLASES, DIBUJOS Y GRABADOS EN LÁMINAS. / Villegas Brieva (D. Manuel) [...] 625.- Último sueño de una Virgen. (En depósito.) / Alto 1'20 metros. Ancho 2'05 metros.

Registros-Inventarios Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno, 1900-1936. Núm. 27V y 46-V.

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Room B (Temporary Exhibition)

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Update date: 16-10-2020 | Registry created on 05-06-2018

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