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Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado

The MFAH presents more than 100 masterworks from one of the world’s most renowned collections of European painting. Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado comes to Houston on exclusive U.S. loan as part of a new initiative by the Musel Nacional del Prado in Madrid to broaden access to its holdings.

The exhibition tells the story of the evolution of painting in Spain from the 16th through 19th centuries and explores how artists reflected the sweeping changes in society, culture, politics, and religion that contributed to the development of a modern Spanish identity. Masterpieces by the leading painters of the day from each of the four centuries are included, with works by Francisco de Goya, El Greco, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, and Diego Velázquez. Artists who worked for the royal court and directly influenced the development of painting in Spain are also well represented, with superb paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, and Titian.

Let's gather by the bench near the Gift Shop entrance inside the Beck Building (look for the green tiara). There are several buildings associated with the museum. Please be sure that you are in the Beck Building.

Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $12.00 for seniors 65+ (with id)/students (with id). Audio tours are available for $5.00 each. Special exhibit tickets provide general admission access.

MFAH Members receive complimentary admission based on level of membership.

Free parking is available in four surface lots north of the Law Building. Two are along Main Street: one at Bissonnet, one at Oakdale; and two are off Montrose Boulevard: one at the Glassell Studio School and one at the Glassell Junior School.

Garage parking is available for $6.00 with proof of museum admission. The entrance is on Binz, marked by a large, yellow arrow.

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    A former member

    Saw this over the holidays. It was great!

    January 7, 2013

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