BARCELONA – An exhibition space in Barcelona on Thursday opened its first exhibition devoted to Spanish painter Diego Velazquez, considered a great of Spain’s Golden Age, highlighting seven of his most representative artworks alongside 52 paintings by other renowned artists.
“Velazquez and the Golden Age” at the CaixaForum has been divided into seven different areas: Arts, Knowledge, Still Life, Daily Life, Mythology, the Court, Landscapes and Religion, and according to the curator aimed to propose a comparative and correlative dialogue between Spanish and foreign painters during Spain’s Golden Age.
Javier Portus, the exhibition’s curator and one of the top authorities on Velazquez’s work, explained how the unique exhibition seeks to reveal “as many facets as possible of this polyhedron called Velazquez.”
The exhibition, a joint presentation by the Caixa Banking Foundation and the Prado Museum, coincides with the latter’s bicentenary, as Prado director Miguel Falomir pointed out during the press conference.
Portus also underscored the uniqueness of this exhibition as a long-standing Prado Museum directive forbids loaning more than seven Velazquez paintings at any one time, hence the exceptional nature of these seven top artworks that have visited Barcelona together: “Philip IV,” “Juan Martinez Montanes,” “Aesop,” “Adoration of the Magi,” “Bufoon with Books,” “Prince Baltasar Carlos, on horseback” and “Mars.”
Each of these artworks provides the main reference point in the seven exhibition areas where each Velazquez faces paintings by Zurbaran, El Greco, Rubens, Ribera, Brueghel the Elder, Titian and Jordaens, among others.
Portus considers the public can “achieve in-depth knowledge of Velazquez’s interests and uniqueness in each of these theme areas as, throughout his career, he often worked moved by foreign influences.”
In brief, the exhibition seeks to highlight the links between Spanish and foreign art schools.
The show will remain open until March 3, 2019.