Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado opens at QAG
Showing works by some of history’s most revered painters, Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado opens at the Queensland Art Gallery this weekend. Unfolding the story of how painting evolved in Spain over three and a half centuries, this new exhibition delves into the progression of the modern Spanish identity through painting’s development on the Iberian Peninsula.
Featuring over 100 masterpieces by leading painters of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado is the largest, most significant loan the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid has ever undertaken. A celebration of all things Spanish, this opening weekend will include an array of special events, from Spanish classical guitar performances to guest lectures and language tours.
As always the gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque is on board, presenting ‘100 Years of Spanish Cinema’ as well as a retrospective of the films by Pedro Almodóvar – one of the most celebrated and charismatic figures in contemporary Spanish cinema. In La Sala del Prado, try your hand at still-life drawing and indulge in simple Spanish morsels at Sala Cafe, or just wander about the grand works of art by El Greco, Velázquez and Titian.
Antonio de Pereda
The relief of Genoa by the second Marquis of Santa Cruz 1634–35
Collection: Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
© Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid