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From Titian to Goya. Great Masters from the Museo del Prado

Beijing 6/29/2007 - 8/24/2007

Juan J. Luna. Curator and Head of the Department of 18th-century Painting,
Supported by:
National Art Museum of China
Bergé Automación
In collaboration with:
Instituto  Cervantes
Gobierno de España



16th Century

16th Century
Venus with an Organist and with Cupid
Tiziano Vecellio
Oil on canvas, 149 x 217,7 cm
c. 1555

Room 2 is devoted to the 16th century, with various works from the Venetian School such as the Portrait of Philip II and Venus with Cupid and an Organ Player by Titian; Young Man between Vice and Virtue by Veronese; Judith and Holofernes by Tintoretto; The Israelites in the Desert drinking the miraculous Water by Jacopo Bassano; and Lady with bared Breast by Domenico Tintoretto. It also includes the Portrait of the Emperor Maximilian II by Antonis Moor, representative of the Flemish School. Spanish 16th-century paintings include portraits of The Infantas Isabel Clara Eugenia and Catalina Micaela by Sánchez Coello, and various works by El Greco, namely Christ clasping the Cross, The Fable, Young Nobleman, and Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist.

17th Century

17th Century
Saint Elisabeth of Portugal
Francisco de Zurbarán
Oil on canvas, 184 cm x 98 cm
Ca. 1635

Room 3 features various works from the Italian, Flemish, French and Spanish Schools. The first is represented by Saint Margaret reviving a young Man by Serodine, Saint Peter freed by the Angel by Guercino, and Cleopatra by Guido Reni. The leading artist of the Flemish school, Peter Paul Rubens, is represented with two mythological paintings, Saturn devouring his Son and Nymphs and Satyrs. Next is the Portrait of the Cardinal-Infante Don Fernando of Austria and The Pietà, both by Van Dyck. Jordaens is represented with The Painter’s Family, while this section ends with Teniers’ Country Festival. The French School is represented by Saint Cecilia by Poussin, Landscape with the Burial of Saint Serapia by Claude Lorraine, and The Blind Hurdy-Gurdy Player by Georges de la Tour. Finally, and given the importance of the Spanish artist José de Ribera in both Italy and Spain, this section includes The Penitent Magdalen and The Blind Sculptor (or Allegory of Touch).

The exceptional quality and originality of European still-life painting in the 17th century has resulted in the inclusion in this same room of a group of works by various painters. Among them are The Fruit-Seller by Frans Snyders; Still Life by Zurbarán; Basket and Box with Desserts by Juan van der Hamen; Still Life with Apples, Prunes, Grapes and Pears by Juan de Espinosa; and Basket of Flowers by Arellano. This series culminates with a spectacular Vase of Flowers by the Italian painter Andrea Belvedere. The same room features works by Velázquez, including three portraits of Francisco Pacheco, Mary of Austria, Queen of Hungary, and The Dwarf Don Diego de Acedo, known as “El Primo”, as well as the View of the Gardens of the Villa Medici, Rome. The room is completed with the canvases of Saint Elizabeth of Portugal by Zurbarán, The Death of the Magdalen by Antonlinez and The Ambassador Potemkin by Carreño de Miranda.

18th Century

Room 4 displays a group of 18th-century paintings. The French School is represented by the View of the Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial by Houasse, and Pan and Syrinx by Boucher. Italian paintings include The Triumph of Venus by Tiepolo while a German painting of this period is the Portrait of the Archduchess Maria Teresa of Habsburg-Lorraine by Mengs. 18th-century Spanish painting includes a Still Life by Luis Meléndez, and Self-portrait in the Artist’s Studio by Luis Paret y Alcázar. The exhibition concludes by highlighting the figure of Goya, represented by five works: The Parasol, Blind Man’s Buff, The Witches’ Flight, The Infante Don Carlos María Isidro de Borbón, and Still Life of dead Poultry.

Through its carefully chosen, academic selection of works and presentation the exhibition will offer visitors the chance to see some of the most celebrated works by the great names in the Museo del Prado, all defined by their outstanding artistic skills. In addition it presents an overview of the major schools of painting within the context of the history of western art from the 16th to the 19th centuries.


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