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Princess of Asturias Awards 09/18/2019
From October to December 2019 at the Fine Arts Museum of Asturias, to mark the conferral of the 2019 Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities on the Prado Museum
The Princess of Asturias Foundation, the Prado Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias have organized the exhibition entitled “Habsburgs and Bourbons: Princes and Princesses of Asturias, and Monarchs of Spain”, comprising works from both museums, to mark the conferral of the 2019 Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities on the Prado Museum
The exhibition, which can be visited between October and December 2019 at the Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias, in Oviedo, will feature five paintings from the Prado Museum and another four from the Asturian art gallery. The aim is to take a tour, via these works, of what has been one of the most important manifestations in the field of painting during the Modern Age: the representation, within the tradition of the portrait, of the various Princes and Princesses, as well as Monarchs of Spain. The great artists whose works will be exhibited include names such as Juan Carreño de Miranda, Miguel Jacinto Meléndez, Jean Ranc and Anton Raphael Mengs.
Of the five works belonging to the Prado collection that will travel to Oviedo to form part of the exhibition, only one has been previously exhibited in the Principality of Asturias. The selected paintings include the oil-on-canvas entitled Prince Balthasar Charles (c. 1635) related with the workshop of the quintessential Spanish Baroque painter, Diego Velázquez, and the portrait of María Luisa de Parma, Princess of Asturias (c. 1765) by the German painter and art theorist, considered the most prominent figure of early Neoclassicism, Anton Raphael Mengs. The exhibition will also feature important works from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias, such as the portrait of Charles II of Spain at the Age of Ten (1671) by the famous Asturian artist Juan Carreño de Miranda.
Spain’s Prado Museum, which celebrates its bicentennial this year, has received the Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities as “a symbol of our shared cultural legacy, in recognition of the work of conservation and dissemination of one of the world’s richest artistic heritages” according to the Minutes of the Jury that granted the Award.
Anton Raphael Mengs, María Luisa de Parma, Princesa de Asturias, P002189 © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.
Juan Carreño de Miranda, Retrato de Carlos II a los diez años © Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (Taller de), El Príncipe Baltasar Carlos, P001233 © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.
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