The Prado Museum is in full collaboration with other international museums as, for example, the Louvre Museum in Paris, in order to obtain loans from large collections of paintings and portraits. Today some of them are being exhibited and many others are about to arrive in Madrid. These paintings are invaluable both from an artistic and economic level.
In these exhibitions the visitor is provided with the possibility of having at their fingertips World-famous works that probably won't meet again under one roof.
Currently on display at the Prado Museum
Dominique Ingres, painter and defender of the drawing
The work of this wonderful French neoclassicist painter of the 18th century is currently on display. Unfortunately it is about to end as it will close its doors on March 27. Two huge rooms with 30 paintings, which thousands of art lovers have already visited.
Dominique Ingres worked on many occasions under the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte. In fact He is the creator of the famous portrait Napoleon Emperor, oil for which he achieved maximum popularity.Grande Odalisque de Indres
However, what few know is that this artist considered himself an expert in nude drawing. An extraordinary model of his virtuosity is found in La Gran Odalisca, dating from 1814.
It depicts a woman stripped of her clothes. Despite the unbridled situation of the protagonist, the striking thing about the image is not her, but everything that surrounds her, that is, the color of the fabrics, the fan she holds in her hand or the turban of her head, among others . Apparently this canvas had a couple but unfortunately it has never been found.
«Fantasy, isolated from reason, only produces impossible monsters. Together with her, however, she is the mother of art and the source of her desires. »
-Francisco de Goya-
Federico de Madrazo, romantic portraitist
From September 22, 2015 to March 27, 2016 we can contemplate the work of Federico de Madrazo and Kuntz, popular portraitist who was born in Rome in 1815 and died in the Spanish capital in 1894.
He was born in a very creative family, He was the son of José Madrazo who was the chamber painter of Queen Elizabeth II and who, as anecdotal data, was in charge of portraying Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.
Madrazo's works are highly considered both nationally and in France and Italy. His enormous success led him to get the position of director of the Prado Museum twice.
George de La Tour, the rediscovery of the Baroque
On February 23, 2016, the exhibition of the 17th century French painter George de La Tour, a really active artist in his time whose immense activity earned him enormous fame during his time.
Very little is known about the private section of his life, just that he married nuptials with Diana Le Nef, a young woman from a wealthy family. A fact that was very convenient for La Tour, because thanks to that, it led a comfortable existence.
Despite the multitude of paintings he created, quite a few are known. Among them, The Prado Museum will exhibit 30 carefully chosen pieces. Although his first stage is of clearer lights, this author's pictorial concept is certainly tenebrist, highlighting his religious pictorial works. Humble women usually appear in their oils. One can say that he is an obvious follower of the anguished and sad Caravaggio.
El Bosco, the concern for sin
A sample of an excellent series of works by Dutch-born painter Hieronymus Bosch, better known as El Bosco, will be held from May 31 to September 11, 2016. The occasion is unmatched and is that There has never been an exhibition of this caliber dedicated to this artist in Spain.The Garden of Earthly Delights, El Bosco
The Bosco was also nicknamed as "the teacher" or the "cursed painter", sincehis great works symbolize the dementia of the human being, personifying it in imaginary characters such as demons and other fantastic and macabre beings.
The rumors of yesteryear claimed that Felipe II felt great interest in these pieces. Moreover, he acquired several of them and came to confess on his deathbed that was influenced by them. Shortly after his death the Order of the White Hand was generated, dedicated to preventing the work of El Bosco.
It is not known for sure where this artistic pioneer ended his days but the archives indicate that they could have been in Venetian dungeons in the year 1516.