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The Prado Museum and "la Caixa" present 'The Captive Beauty: Small Treasures at the Prado Museum'
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, La ermita de San Isidro el día de la fiesta. Óleo sobre lienzo, 41,8 × 43,8 cm. 1788. Archivo fotográfico. Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado.

BARCELONA.- The Prado Museum and ”la Caixa” Foundation present The Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum, the second major exhibition based on the collections of the Madrid museum to be hosted at CaixaForum Barcelona following the successful presentation of Goya. Light and Shade in 2012.

This new project, conceived as a prolongation of the exhibition that opened at the Prado Museum itself just a year ago, showcases the finest and widest selection of works from the Museum’s superb collections ever to be presented outside Madrid.

Featuring exclusively small-format works, the show includes 135 masterpieces that enable the visitor to enjoy the complete “Prado experience”, embracing all the schools and the entire chronology that this most illustrious gallery encompasses, from the late-2nd century, with the sculpture Athena Parthenos, to Goya and the 19th century with Fortuny.

Over more than five months, then, the exhibition will give visitors the chance, not only to enjoy a glimpse of the detailed reading of art history proposed by the Prado, but also to appreciate the superb technique and cultural refinement achieved by many key figures whose works help to construct the identity and confirm the quality of the Prado. These great masters include Bosque, Titian, Jan Brueghel the Elder, El Greco, Velázquez, Rubens, Poussin and Madrazo, amongst many others.

Captive Beauty is the result of a cooperation agreement established between ”la Caixa” Foundation and the Prado National Museum in 2011 for the joint organisation of exhibitions.

Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum. Organised and produced by: ”la Caixa” Foundation and the Prado National Museum. Curator: Manuela Mena, Chief Curator of 18th Century Painting and Goya, Prado Museum. Dates: from 16 July 2014 to 5 January 2015. Place: CaixaForum Barcelona (Av. de Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8.

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