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The [Key] to the Prado

Tena, Consuelo Luca de; Mena, Manuela; Colchero, Evelyne - Translator

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ISBN 10: 8485041704 / ISBN 13: 9788485041701
Published by Silex, 1992
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291 Pages. Indexes for Artists, Illustrations and Paintings. No noted defects. Interior text pages are faultless.This Guide is divided into schools of paintingk following the arrangemetn of the works in the museum, although these are subdivided according to centuries in the exhibition rooms. Each section opens with a short introduction in which attention is drawn to the principal artists and their most important works, as well as to the origin of the collection. The artists are then listed in alphabetical order accompanied by their dates of birth and death when known. Biographical notes together with comments on their style and significance follow in the case of the most important artists. The paintings are listed in the order ot their catalogue naumbers; their material and measurements are quoted in brackets and mention made if they are signed and dated. Art works by Albani, Bassano, Bellini, Bosch, Both, Botticelli, Bouloughe, Bray, Bruegel, Caravaggio, Carracci, Champagne, Clouet, Correggio, Crespi, Durer, van Dyck, van Eyck, Flemalle, Fyt, Gainsborough, Giaquinto, Goya, Greco, Isenbrandt, Lawrence, Da Vinci, Mantegna, Massys, Messina, Moroni, Palma, Panini, Ponte, Poussin, Raphael, Rembrandt, Reynolds, Rigaud, Rubens, Sassoferrato, Teniers, Tiepolo, Titian, Tournier, Vaccaro, Veronese, Watteau, and more. Contents: How to Use This Guide, Introduction, Spanish Masters, Flemish Masters, Italian Masters, French Masters, Dutch Masters, German Masters, English Masters, Arrangement of the Exhibition Rooms, Plans, and Bibliography. One of the most important works undertaken by King Charles III to urbanize the capital of Spain was a new layout of the so-called Prado de San Jeronimo or St. Jerome's Meadows. The great Neo-Classical architect Juan de Villanueva 1739-1811 was commissioned to carry out this project; he designed the Botanical Gardens, the Astronomical Observatory and in 1785 began work on a magnificent building, the present-day Prado, which waa originally inteded to house the royal collection of natural science and thus become a Natural History Museum. Construction work advanced rapidly and the museum was finished early in the 19th century. However, due to the Napoleonic invasion the natural history collection could not be installed in the new building. This magnificent building had been ruined by the French invasion, but when Ferdinand VII after his return to Spain decided, on his ministers' advice and with his wiffe Isabella's support, to creae an art museum to display the royal collections, the choice fell on the abandoned Prado building and restoration work commenced. This is a magnificent guide book with significant historiical interest. Size: 4 1/2" X 7 1/2". Bookseller Inventory # 13608

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Title: The [Key] to the Prado

Publisher: Silex

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

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