Houston events: Portrait of Spain. Masterpieces from the Prado in the United States. 16 December 2012 – 31 March 2013
Portrait of Spain is 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, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Jusepe de Ribera and Diego Velazquez.
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.
1550–1770: Painting in an Absolutist State
1770–1850: A Changing World
1850–1900: The Threshold of Modern Spain
Curator: Javier Portús, Chief Curator of Spanish Painting until 1700 at the Museo Nacional del Prado
**The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and Magdalena Ruiz,Alonso Sánchez Coello. 1585–88, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
About the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston 1001 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX 77005
Established in 1900, the MFAH is the largest art museum in the region. The museum’s main campus is located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District and comprises the Audrey Jones Beck Building, designed by Rafael Moneo and opened in 2000; the Caroline Wiess Law Building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and opened in 1958, with an extension completed in 1974; the Glassell School of Art; and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, designed by Isamu Noguchi and opened in 1986. The Beck and Law buildings are connected underground by the Wilson Tunnel, which features James Turrell’s iconic installation The Light Inside. Additional spaces include a repertory cinema, two significant libraries, public archives and a conservation and storage facility. Nearby, two remarkable house museums—Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and Rienzi—present collections of American and European decorative arts.
In conjunction with Portrait of Spain, the MFAH has organised a range of educational activities that will introduce visitors to Spanish culture.
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