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ART2018.2.20

VELÁZQUEZ AND THE CELEBRATION OF PAINTING : The Golden Age in the Museo del Prado

Seven of the pioneer’s paintings come to Japan

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In the 16th century, the Spanish Empire extended beyond the Iberian Peninsula to Flanders, major regions of Italy, Latin America, and the Philippines. The king collected the finest artistic works from the areas he governed, including Flemish and Italian paintings. Diego Velázquez, hired as the court painter, witnessed this collection, especially the works of the greats Titian, Tintoretto, and Rubens. The uniquely expressive works he later created would influence Manet and Picasso.

0220_1Velázquez’ innovations include painting the king from the same perspective as the clowns and entertainers that served him. Philip IV in Hunting Dress and The Boy of Vallecas are both painted in a grand manner that fills the canvas, just with different backgrounds and clothing. Their status may be different, but they are still the same human beings. This was an instinctual feeling that Velázquez held.

Another of his innovations is his realism. The clothing and other details in Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback may look like abstract stains on close inspection, but from farther away they are revealed as beautiful and intricately decorated. Velázquez realized that humans do not simply see objects as they are, but rather perceive reality by sorting out and combining visual information in their brains. He was a forerunner of the Impressionists’ method of painting landscapes and people as sets of points.

Seven works by Velázquez will be brought to Japan for this exhibition, and a total of 70 other paintings and materials including Italian and Flemish paintings will be shown. The Prado Museum is visited by 1.8 million people each year, and this is your chance to experience its treasures without leaving Japan.

(Text: Naoko Aono)

VELÁZQUEZ AND THE CELEBRATION OF PAINTING : The Golden Age in the Museo del Prado
Dates: February 24 (Sat) – May 27 (Sun), 2018
Venue: The National Museum of Western Art
7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Times: 9:30 – 17:30 (Friday, Saturday until 20:00, entrance closes 30 minutes before closing time); Closed Mondays (open March 26, April 30)
Admission: 1,600 yen (general), other rates
Contact: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
https://artexhibition.jp/prado2018/outline-en/
(The exhibition will be held at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe from Wednesday 13 June to Sunday 14 October, 2018)

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Diego Velázquez, Prince Baltasar Carlos on Horseback, Ca. 1635, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
©Museo Nacional del Prado
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Diego Velázquez, The Boy of Vallecas, 1635-1645, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
©Museo Nacional del Prado

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