ItalIan MasterpIeces from Spain’s Royal Court Museo del Prado

Today, Tony Ellwood, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, together with the State Government of Victoria and Art Exhibitions Australia announced next year’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 16 May 2014 to Sunday 31 August 2014

ItalIan MasterpIeces from Spain’s Royal Court
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Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Monday 11 November 2013.
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This Melbourne exclusive exhibition has been drawn from one of the world’s most celebrated collections, Museo del Prado, Madrid, and will showcase over 100 works comprising 70 paintings, many measuring over 3m, alongside more than 30 superb drawings – the largest number of Italian works the Museo del Prado has ever loaned to one exhibition. The Hon. Louise Asher, Minister for Tourism and Major events, welcomed the exhibition as a major coup for Melbourne.

“This is the first time the Prado has toured an exhibition of their renowned collection of Italian masterpieces in the world. We are thrilled that Melbourne has secured this world first -providing visitors with an unprecedented opportunity to see works that, until now, could only be seen at the Prado.

“This will be the 11th Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition at the NGV since the series began in 2004 with The Impressionists. Since then, the series has attracted more than four million visitors, and has generated over $318 million in economic benefits for the state. Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado takes the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces initiative to new heights, once again placing Melbourne firmly on the international stage. In 2014 we look forward to welcoming Victorians, interstate and international visitors to experience these unparalleled masterpieces,” Minister Asher said.

Tony Ellwood said that the holdings of Italian art in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, are unique and unrivaled 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.