Antonio Correggio, Italian c.1489–1534, Noli me tangere c.1525, oil on wood panel, transferred to canvas , 130.0 x 103.0 cm

Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court, Museo del Prado

Dates: 16 May 2014 - 31 Aug 2014

Address: The National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, Victoria 3000

Phone: 03 8620 2222  


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The finest collection of Italian masterpieces ever to come to Australia will open at the National Gallery of Victoria on 16 May. Featuring some of the most outstanding works from masters such as Raphael, Titian and Tiepolo the exhibition represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Australia to see some of the most extraordinary Italian works produced during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, many from the Royal Court in Spain.

This Melbourne exclusive exhibition has been drawn from one of the most celebrated collections, Museo del Prado, Madrid, and will showcase over 100 works comprising 70 paintings, some measuring over three metres, alongside more than 30 superb drawings - the largest number of Italian works the Museo del Prado has ever loaned to one exhibition.

Tony Ellwood said that the holdings of Italian art in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, are unique and unrivalled in museums outside Italy. Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court, Museo del Prado will present a rich selection of paintings and drawings spanning 300 years of Italian art, from the early sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. He also said Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court, Museo del Prado will captivate and amaze visitors and will be complemented by a diverse range of engaging programs, lectures and events.

In the sixteenth century, the Spanish ruler Emperor Charles V began a tradition of acquiring Italian paintings. Successive rulers also commissioned works directly from the artists in Italy or enticed them to Spain to work in the Royal Household. Many of these works are at the heart of the Prado's collection and have never before left Spain.

Such is the scale of this exhibition that visitors will be able to trace the stylistic development of Italian art across three centuries drawn from Italy's key cultural centres including Rome, Venice and Naples.

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