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The Museo del Prado and the Museo de Arte de Ponte, Puerto Rico, have reached an agreement to display a major selection of 19th-century British paintings from the Museo de Arte de Ponte in the Prado. Tuesday, October 28, 2008

El presidente del Real Patronato del Museo del Prado, Plácido Arango, el director del Museo, Miguel Zugaza, y otros altos representantes de la institución, han recibido hoy al Patronato del Museo de Arte de Ponce de Puerto Rico, encabezado por su presidenta, María Luisa Ferré, y por el director del Museo, Agustín Arteaga, de visita en España para la firma del convenio que permitirá al Prado presentar la exposición La bella durmiente. Pintura victoriana del Museo de Arte de Ponce.

The Museo del Prado and the Museo de Arte de Ponte, Puerto Rico, have reached an agreement to display a major selection of 19th-century British paintings from the Museo de Arte de Ponte in the Prado.

From left to right: Agustín Arteaga, director of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico; Plácido Arango, president of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo del Prado; María Luisa Ferré, president of the Board of Trustees of the Museo de Arte de Ponce; and Miguel Zugaza, director of the Museo del Prado.

In accordance with the terms of the agreement signed at 7.30pm this evening, in 2009 the Museo del Prado will display a selection of 19th-century English paintings from the Museo de Arte de Ponce, which possesses one of the most highly regarded collections of western art, of outstanding beauty and quality. Entitled The Sleeping Beauty. Victorian Painting from the Museo de Arte de Ponce (24 February to 31 May 2009), the exhibition will offer the Spanish public a unique opportunity to see works as celebrated as Flaming June by Frederic Lord Leighton and Edward Burne-Jones’ masterpiece The Dream of Arthur in Avalon.

For historical reasons British art is little represented in Spanish collections including the Prado, which only possesses around 30 works from this school, of which just over ten date from the 19th century, most of them portraits. For this reason, and coinciding with the modernisation of the Museo de Arte in Ponce de San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Prado suggested that the two museums collaborate with the aim of temporarily enriching a visit to its own collections through the loan of an important selection of the remarkable holdings of Victorian paintings in Ponce.

The exhibition will be curated by Gabriele Finaldi, Associate Director of Curatorship at the Museo del Prado.

 

 

 

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