Narrator: David Burnett, Curator, International Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art
'Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado' has been specially curated for the Queensland Art Gallery by the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (the Prado). It is the largest and most significant international loan the Prado has ever undertaken, and is also the first exhibition from their collection ever to be shown in the Southern Hemisphere.
This exhibition features over 100 masterpieces from one of the most revered collections of European painting in the world and tells the story of the evolution of painting in Spain over three and a half centuries. This 'portrait of Spain' shows the internal and external factors that contributed to the development of modern Spanish identity, through developments in painting on the Iberian Peninsula.
On display are masterpieces by leading painters of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera and Murillo. Foreign artists who worked for the royal court and directly influenced the development of painting in Spain are also well represented, with superb paintings by Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo and Anton Raphael Mengs all featured.
La Sala del Prado Visitors to 'Portrait of Spain' are invited to experience the vibrancy of Spanish history and contemporary design, food and culture in La Sala del Prado — a large-scale lounge environment complementing the exhibition.
La Sala del Prado features an integrated cafe and interactive spaces that reflect cutting edge contemporary Spanish design. The enticing range of experiences relating to the rich exhibition themes and artists in 'Portrait of Spain' includes fun multimedia interactives and drawing activities, as well as programs and events for all ages. Sponsored by ACCIONA
'Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado' is on display from 21 July -- 4 November 2012 at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) Brisbane Queensland Australia.