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Captive beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thanks to the sponsorship of Fundación BBVA, the Museo del Prado is presenting Hidden Beauty. From Fra Angelico to Fortuny, an exhibition that brings together more than 280 works, all of small format, from the Museum’s own collection. Displayed chronologically, they offer a fascinating survey of the history of art represented by the Prado and the outstanding nature of the artists in its collection. From Fra Angelico to Fortuny, the works range in date from the late 14th and early 15th centuries to the late 19th century.

The result is a summary of the Museum’s collection and the origins of this type of art on a wide range of supports, allowing the viewer not only to admire the works at particularly close hand and in an ideal setting, due to the special installation designed for them, but also to encounter works that have rarely been on public display at the Prado. An extensive restoration programme means that they now reveal their hidden beauty as well as their rarity and uniqueness, all expressed through their unique natures and small format.

Captive beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny

Nude on the Beach at Portici, Mariano Fortuny. Oil on panel, 13 x 19 cm, 1874, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado

Captive Beauty is an exhibition of works from the Museo del Prado that focuses on the small-scale format in the form of preliminary sketches, cabinet paintings, informal portraits and private devotional scenes, in addition to sculptures and reliefs. All are intended to encourage close-up contemplation and an appreciation of the surfaces, brushstrokes and hidden details that only appear with close scrutiny.

Spanning the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries and including more than 250 works, this exhibition encourages an awareness of the passing of time and the connections between past and present. Works by great artists such as Bosch, Correggio, Rubens, Velázquez, Teniers, Watteau, Paret and Goya, as well as exquisite nineteenth-century paintings by Fortuny and others will reveal the uniqueness and variety of the Prado’s collections today. The fact that many of the works on display have recently been restored allows these artists’ methods to become fully evident while revealing the way that the true dimension of the work of art goes beyond its size.

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