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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Del Prado Museum : Secular Portrait

Today we arrive at Prado Museum – Secular Portraits, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

The Prado Museum is considered to be one of the best art museums in the world, owing to its invaluable collection. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Portrait of a Doctor, 1582-1585, by El Greco
2. Portrait of a young Girl, circa 1660, Jose Antolinez
3. Portrait of a young Girl in a Landscape, 1847, by Carlos Luis de Ribera y Fieve

Image credit for artworks : Museo del Prado

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The great Venetian painter Titian was the first to be included into the collection of the Prado.
  • This decision influenced not only what kind of art people in Spain would collect for several decades. It also impacted the styles and techniques of local artists.
  • Spanish art of the 17th century was heavily influences by Venetian and other European artists that the Spanish royals were keen on collecting. Why? Simply because these styles had received the royal ‘stamp of approval’. By creating works in this vein, local artists perhaps hoped to ensure royal patronage for their own work.
  • Apart from Italian art, Flemish art was also very popular at the time. Rubens, Van Dyck and their contemporaries are also features at the Prado.

A Final Thought :

The collection at the Prado spans about 5 centuries, starting from the 1700s. It paints a fascinating image of the market in Spain and all over Europe through the ages. Apart from the permanent collection, the Museum also holds temporary exhibitions that are held on a regular basis, exploring various themes.

Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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