“Portrait of Spain” Exhibition and Visit for Two or Four to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Up to Half Off)

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World-class Houston art museum presents more than 100 masterworks on loan from a renowned Spanish museum

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On loan from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid—one of the world's premier collections of European paintings—the 100 masterworks in Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado whisk visitors on a tour of 400 years of Spanish history via paintings by such masters as Francisco de Goya, Diego Velázquez, and El Greco. These artists fill each frame with a wealth of vivid and intensely human detail. The wide-eyed gaze of a boy prince. The quiet dignity of a crockery vendor amid the dust of a busy thoroughfare. The beseeching stare of Christ shouldering the cross. Through these images, viewers can understand the enormous social, cultural, and political changes that shaped modern Spanish identity.

The exhibition also includes canvases by Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, and other masters who influenced the course of Spanish art. Entry to the show is offered every 30 minutes until one hour before the museum closes.

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The exhibition is organized by the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Images 1-3: © Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Image 1: Detail, Alonso Sánchez Coello, The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia (1566–1633) and Magdalena Ruiz, c. 1585–88, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Image 2: Detail, Francisco de Goya, The Infante Don Francisco de Paula Antonio, 1800, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Image 3: Detail, Titian, Italian (Venetian), Christ Carrying the Cross, c. 1565, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Image 4: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Audrey Jones Beck Building. Image 5: Gallery in the Beck Building. Image 6: The MFAH Shop. Image 7: Cafe Express at the MFAH.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Jutting above the street, the modernist lines of Rafael Moneo's Audrey Jones Beck Building echo the eclectic collection found within. Under sky openings that let in natural light and the bitter gazes of pigeons who can’t seem to get their work shown, visitors meander through galleries that span the breadth of human artistry, from ancient sculpture to modern painting. Noteworthy works from the more than 64,000 pieces include Pablo Picasso's colorful cubist Two Women in Front of a Window, Edgar Degas's achingly expressionistic Woman Drying Herself, and an untitled sketch by Jackson Pollock that shows his wild, abstract genius evolving toward his celebrated drip paintings. A treasure trove of cultural artifacts from Africa, Asia, and the Americas expands the museum’s scope and transports visitors back in time as they gaze on a palpably pensive ceramic ballplayer from Mexico's Classic Veracruz culture or a life-size royal head forged from copper for a Nigerian royal court.

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