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Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny

Andrea Mantegna: <EM>The Dormition of the Virgin</EM>, c. 1462Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Andrea Mantegna: The Dormition of the Virgin, c. 1462
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
Captive Beauty. Fra Angelico to Fortuny
MADRID  •  Museo del Prado  •  Ongoing
This chronological survey of 281 works from the collections of the Museo del Prado begins in the late 14th century in Italy, France and the Low Countries and concludes in 19th-century Spain. In the present exhibition devotional painting leads on to mythological themes, while landscape becomes an genre in the 16th century. Portraiture is present from the outset, characterised by melancholy (one of the intrinsic qualities of art and of artists), satire, ironic reflection on the human condition and an exaltation of power, before it moves towards an emphasis on real, everyday, bourgeois life in parallel with the rise of the middle classes in the late 18th century. Works of this type allowed artists to demonstrate their creative imagination as well as their technical mastery and capacity for innovation, leading them to use new materials in order to achieve different effects. Wood, the habitual support for the earlier works, thus gives way to canvas, copper plate, slate, tin plate and artificial stones, each of which determines the specific nature of the pictorial surface, as is also the case with the marble, alabaster, polychrome wood, clay and bronze used to create the sculptures on display here. The result is a comprehensive vision of European art and its significance, ranging from the Middle Ages to late 19th-century naturalism and encompassing the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo.

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