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Secrets of Spain: The untold tales of
Masterpieces from the Prado

CultureMap [Houston, TX], by Joel Luks

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Posted By:Four_Leaf Resident, 12/12/2012 7:15:23 AM

Ambling through a museum exhibition is a favorite pastime of CultureMappers. We appreciate art, the quiet introspection of looking at works crafted hundreds of years ago and imagining the back stories of the characters, subjects and locations of yesteryear. Though some paintings may look a tad formal, there´s always a juicy tale behind each priceless artifact. As Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado prepares to open on Dec. 16 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, we wandered with Edgar Peters Bowron, the Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art,

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Some beautiful art here. Enjoy!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rather Read, 12/12/2012 7:51:29 AM     (No. 9061019)

How utterly beautiful!! I have a reproduction of the Immaculate Conception by Murillo on my wall. Compare this with what art is today.

We have sunk very low.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ramona, 12/12/2012 8:13:46 AM     (No. 9061068)

Stunningly beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us, OP.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lindamay, 12/12/2012 9:11:29 AM     (No. 9061162)

Wish I were in Houston! Thanks for sharing.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lasvegaslou, 12/12/2012 9:20:47 AM     (No. 9061182)

Very Nice, OP, what a nice way to start my day. The Prado is truly magnificent but since I only have one lifetime, I only have time for the Louvre. The first time I visited the Louvre with my wife, the guards had to chase us out when they closed - and we arrived at 10AM.

The Prado and the Louvre have many free, on-line virtual tours available which are great for those of us who live far away. Just Google "Louvre (or Prado) virtual tours."

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/12/2012 10:31:18 AM     (No. 9061357)

The writer seems bumfuzzled by the monkeys in the servants´ arms. Those would have been pets of her royal mistress. European royals had menageries of exotic animals.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/12/2012 10:32:47 AM     (No. 9061364)

(hit submit too soon)

Catharine of Aragon had a pet monkey.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Four_Leaf Resident, 12/12/2012 10:45:04 AM     (No. 9061398)

#s 2, 3, and 4, thank you for the kind words.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: comstock, 12/12/2012 10:55:27 AM     (No. 9061430)

Many years ago I took my teenage sons to the Prado They thought most of the art was boring, but were fascinated by the extensive collection of Goya´s Black Paintings. My older son spent the better part of a half hour studying Hieronymus Bosch´s triptych Garden of Earthly Delights. Contemporary special-effects-laden horror movies can´t hold a candle to these masterpieces.

A visit to The Prado should be on everyone´s bucket list. A side trip to the Reina Sofía Museum to see Picasso´s Guernica is also a must.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: shepsmum, 12/12/2012 11:27:36 AM     (No. 9061520)

I spent my junior year of college in Madrid. We had an art history class that met once a week in the Prado. Just an amazing time -- I look back on those months and realize how wonderful they were and feel lucky that I was able to experience it.

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