Velázquez and The Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in The Museo Del Prado

National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo

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Founded in 1819 with the Royal Spanish Collection at its core, the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid is one of the world’s most celebrated temples of art. This exhibition, held with the Museo del Prado’s full cooperation, features 70 pieces from its collection. They include 61 masterpieces mostly of the 17th century, displayed around a nucleus of seven pieces by Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), one of the greatest painters of all time.
17th-century Spain produced a succession of great artists, from Velázquez to Ribera, Zurbarán, and Murillo. The enormous passion of Spanish monarchs for paintings and collecting artworks can be cited as an important factor fostering the art of such painters. Velázquez, a court painter who rose to greatness under Philip IV’s patronage, drew creative stimulus from masterpieces by Titian and Rubens in the Royal Collection. As an artist, he embodied the honor that Spain conferred on the art of painting. This exhibition recreates the international art scene of 17th-century Spain with a focus on Philip IV’s court, offering in this way an immersion in the splendor of the Museo del Prado’s extensive collection.

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Venue: Auditorium, B2 floor, Special Exhibition Wing
Capacity: 130 (first-come-first-served basis)
Admission: Free (lecture ticket and a special exhibition ticket are required)
*Lecture tickets (one per person) are available at the Information Desk, starting at 12:00 noon on the day of the event.
*The Auditorium will open 30 minutes prior to the start time and visitors will be admitted according to lecture ticket number order.
*Lecture titles and content may change without notice.

1. “Velázquez and the Museo del Prado: A Common Destiny”
Date: Feb. 24 (Sat), 14:00-15:30
Speaker: Javier Portús (Senior Curator of Spanish Painting until 1700, Museo Nacional del Prado and exhibition curator)
*Event in Spanish, with Japanese interpretation

2. “The Challenges and Revolution of Court Painter Velásquez – From Bodegon Imagery and Portraits to Narrative Pictures”
Date: Mar. 17 (Sat), 14:00-15:30
Speaker: Yasujiro Otaka (Professor Emeritus, Waseda University)
*Event in Japanese

3. “Velásquez and the Spanish Landscape”
Date: Apr. 7 (Sat), 14:00-15:30
Speaker: Yusuke Kawase (Curator, National Museum of Western Art and exhibition curator)
*Event in Japanese

4. “The Court of the Spanish Hapsburg Family – An Historical Overview”
Date: Apr. 14 (Sat), 14:00-15:30
Speaker: Kazuo Miyazaki(Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba)
*Event in Japanese

5. “Spanish Art Theory and the Social Status of Painters in the 17th Century”
Date: May 12 (Sat), 14:00-15:30
Speaker: Noriko Matsubara (Professor, Sophia University)
*Event in Japanese

■Slide Talks
Dates: Mar. 9 (Fri), Mar. 3 (Fri), Apr. 20 (Fri), May 11 (Fri)
Time: 18:00- (approx. 30 mins. in length)
Venue: Auditorium, B2 floor, Special Exhibition Wing
Lecturer: Ryuta Sakamoto (Graduate School, Waseda University)
Audience: 130 (first-come-first-served basis)
Admission: Free (special exhibition ticket is required)
*Please assemble at the Auditorium 30 minutes prior to the start time.

*Please see the official website for further details.



from February 24, 2018 to May 27, 2018
Closing at 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.


Adults: ¥1600, University Students: ¥1200, High School Students: ¥800, Junior High School Stdents and Under: Free.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:30
fridays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:open until 17:00 during wintertime


Address: 7-7, Ueno-Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Phone: 03-3828-5131 Fax: 03-3828-5135

4 minute walk from the Koen Exit at JR Ueno Station

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