Museo del Prado in the USA. For the First Time at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
I love the Museo del Prado. For years, I’ve been living near it. For years, I’ve been visiting it. Then, I’m glad that everyone can know its marvelous masterpieces. Now, from December 16 to March 31, a exhibition: ‘Portrait of Spain’, with works of El Greco, the Baroque artists Ribera and Velazquez (among others), Francisco de Goya paintings and Sorolla, will be in the United States, in Houston.
This is an exhibition that continues the Museum’s programme of international exhibitions designed to highlight its collections abroad. Sponsored by BBVA Compass, this exhibition includes one hundred works by the artists best represented in the Prado’s collections. This is the first time that works from the Prado have travelled to the USA. The exhibition, which spans four centuries, can be seen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), one of the country’s most important museums, from 16 December 2012 to 31 March 2013.
Portrait of Spain is exhibited in the second-floor galleries of the Audrey Jones Beck Building at the MFAH. It has been installed according to themes within three distinct eras of Spanish history: 1550 to 1770; 1770 to 1850; and 1850 to 1900. Masterpieces by the leading painters of the day from each of the four centuries include works by Francisco de Goya, El Greco, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Jusepe de Ribera and Diego Velázquez. Artists who worked for the royal court and directly influenced the development of painting in Spain are also well represented, with superb paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo and Titian.
Attending the presentation at the museum were Manolo Sánchez, president of BBVA Compass, Miguel Zugaza, director of the Museo del Prado, Gabriele Finaldi, associate director of curatorship, and Javier Portús, chief curator of Spanish painting at the Prado and curator of the exhibition.