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Model of Juan de Villanueva’s project for the Cabinet of Natural History
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Model of Juan de Villanueva’s project for the Cabinet of Natural History

1787. Lemonwood, Boxwood, Mahogany, Walnut, Pine Room 075

This model provides a general idea of the third “proposal” presented by Villanueva to Charles III in 1787 -the plans have since been lost- for the construction of a Cabinet of Natural History, a building which from 1819 onwards housed the Real Museo de Pinturas, now known as the Museo del Prado. It is very similar in appearance to the final version; among the minor differences, the central area intended as a boardroom was initially square, but in the final plans was apse-shaped. The model also provides a view of the original rear facade, later modified by a number of additions.

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Inventory number
O002728
Author
Anonymous
Title
Model of Juan de Villanueva’s project for the Cabinet of Natural History
Date
1787
Technique
Joined / assembled
Medium
Lemonwood; Boxwood; Mahogany; Walnut; Pine
Dimension
Height: 66 cm.; Width: 362 cm.; Base/bottom: 94 cm.
Provenance
Royal Collection (Real Gabinete Topográfico)

Bibliography +

Chueca Goitia, Fernando, La vida y las obras del arquitecto Juan de Villanueva, Real Academia de San Fernando, Madrid, 1949.

Moleón Gavilanes, Pedro, La Arquitectura de Juan de Villanueva. El Proceso del Proyecto, Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos, Madrid, 1988.

Moleón Gavilanes, Pedro, Proyectos y Obras para el Museo del Prado Fuentes Documental..., Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1996, pp. 55,78.

Sancho, José Luis, El Nuevo Museo del Prado '' El Museo como Paseo Arquitectónico'', Museo del Prado.Ministerio de E.C, 2000, pp. 72.

Moleón Gavilanes, Pedro, El Museo del Prado: biografía del edificio, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2011, pp. 22, 24.

Maurer, G., Goya: lo bello y lo recóndito. En: La belleza encerrada: de Fra Angelico a Fortuny, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2013, pp. 466.

Exhibitions +

Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
Madrid
21.05.2013 - 10.11.2013

Location +

Room 075 (On Display)

Expuesto
Update date: 03-05-2019 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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