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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Del Prado Museum : The Iconography of the Virgin

Today we arrive at Prado Museum – The Iconography of the Virgin, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

In the era when the Church dominated the masses, much of the art created was representative of Christian themes and ideologies. This selection of works at the Prado explore the various styles of depicting the Virgin Mary through the ages. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. The Virgin of the Pomegranate, 1426, by Fra Angelico
2. The Immaculate Conception, 1628-1629, Peter Paul Rubens
3. The Virgin Dolorosa, 1785-1790, Jose Camaron Bonanat

Image credit for artworks : Museo del Prado

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The Museum’s collection is divided between 3 floors. The ground floor display predominantly consists of sculptures from between 1100 to 1600. Going up to the first floor, one finds a vast collections of paintings from 1550 to the beginning of the 19th century. The second floor has paintings from 1700 to 1850.
  • In 2012, the Prado Museum was one of the most visited sites in the world with a footfall of 2.8 million visitors that year.
  • The best painting at the Museum is said to be Las Meninas by Velázquez. The Spanish master presents a fascinating perspective. It seems like the subject, the artist and the viewer are all present in the painting through his ingenious use of a mirror.
  • Pablo Picasso’s iconic Guernica was once displayed at the Prado, before it was moved to the Reina Sofia.

A Final Thought :

The Prado is home to some of the most well known and iconic works of art in the world.

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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