For the Diary: Italian Masterpieces from Spain at NGV in May

Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court: Museo del Prado will be on show at the NGV (National Gallery Victoria) International on St Kilda Road, from the 16th May 2014 – 31st August 2014. The show represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Australians to see some of the most extraordinary works of Italian art produced during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, many for the Royal Court of Spain.

An exclusive exhibition for Melbourne, the works come to Australia from the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The display will feature over 100 works, including 70 paintings of vast conception and proportion, hanging side by side with some simply superb drawings by masters of the genre.

Director of the NGV Tony Ellwood noted that the holdings of Italian art in the Museo del Prado, are unique and unrivalled in museums outside Italy.  He said “The exhibition will reflect the taste of the Spanish Royal Court whose Kings and courtiers avidly collected Italian art and will present more than 70 Italian masters”.

The selection includes a fine portrait of Phillip II of Spain by Titian, painted in 1551, as well as other sacred, secular and spectacular works by celebrated Italian painters Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino 1483 -1520), Correggio (Antonio Allegri da Correggio 1489-1534), Tintoretto (Jacopo Comin 1518 – 1594) and Tiepolo (Giovanni Battista Tiepolo 1696- 1770), to name a few.

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