Inventory number
P07661
Author
Paret y Alcázar, Luis
Title
The Botanical Garden seen from the Paseo del Prado
Chronology
Ca. 1790
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimensions
58 cm x 88 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Landscape
On display
Yes
Provenance
Acquisition, 1993

This composition, that appears unfinished in the lower left corner, was very successful, as six replicas and contemporary copies are known to exist. Paret presents the Botanical Gardens as the backdrop, along with one of the doors designed by Juan de Villanueva in 1781. The Paseo del Prado occupies a broad space filled with a richly garbed crowd that walks and rides carriages. Here, the painter from Madrid combines his pictorial technique with compositional solutions drawn from Neoclassicism: the position of the people and of the garden wall follow the canvas's horizontal format, thus avoiding the Baroque's diagonal tendencies. Nevertheless, Paret retains a sophisticated Rococo delicacy in his presentation of the figures, carriages and trees.

 
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