Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny at Prado Museum in Madrid. 21 May – 10 November 2013. Review by Maite Rodriguez. Enjoy your Saturday, Yareah Magazine friends!
This exhibition offers a unique insight into the hidden and rarely seen artworks of the Museo Nacional del Prado. The collection shows a comprehensive vision of European Art and its importance ranging from the middle ages to the late 19th Century naturalism encompassing the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. Although half of the works have not been on regular display, found in storage or on loan to other institutions it doesn’t fail to attract the same attention as those pieces which it has been obscured by.
The exhibition highlights 281 works of art ranging from the preparatory sketches to technical mastery cabinet paintings, each of which have been held in an excellent state of conservation. The artworks are found in seventeen galleries in chronological ordering which allows the viewer to distinguish between different artistic techniques and cultural influences that have influenced European art throughout the 14th to 19th century. Each piece communicates the importance of foreign influences alongside local tradition resulting in some taking preference over the artist and their unique style. It also leads us to question the relationships between different artistic media and geographical origins.
This exhibition is not to be missed as it presents us with a unique opportunity to learn more about European art history. The work on display has allowed to artists to demonstrate their creative imagination as well as their technical mastery and capacity for innovation. It has inspired many to use new materials creating different effects which has ultimately paved the way for a new generation of art.
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