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"Portrait of Spain" showcases more than 100 masterworks from one of the world's most renowned collections of European painting, the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. The exhibition - on exclusive U.S. loan to the MFAH as part of a new Prado initiative to broaden access to its holdings - tells the story of the evolution of painting in Spain from the 16th through 19th centuries, and explores how artists reflected the sweeping changes in society, culture, politics and religion that contributed to the development of a modern Spanish identity.
Masterpieces by the leading painters of the day from each of the four centuries are featured, including Francisco de Goya, El Greco, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Jusepe de Ribera and Diego Velázquez. Artists who worked for the royal court and directly influenced the development of painting in Spain are also well represented, with superb works by Peter Paul Rubens, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo and Titian.
"Portrait of Spain" opens at the MFAH following the debut at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia, the first stop on the two-venue tour. The Houston presentation is overseen by Edgar Peters Bowron, the MFAH Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art.
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