Commented Works in the Prado: “The Senses” by Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder Reply

Senses Bruegel Rubens

As part of the recently closed exhibition in the Prado Museum, “Enclosed Beauty. From Fra Angelico to Fortuny,” Alejandro Vergara, the conservation chief of Flemish painting and the northern schools in the Prado, comments the five curious paintings composing “The Senses” (1617-18), painted jointly by two illustrious friends: Peter Paul Rubens and Jan Brueghel the Elder, son of Pieter Bruegel. This painting (“Allegory of Sight”) was in part an homage to the Hapsburg Archdukes reigning in the Burgundian court of Flanders at the time (seen in the double portrait at the extreme left of the painting). More…

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Juliet Wilson-Bareau Comments on Goya Self Portrait in Prado Reply

Juliet Wilson-BareauYouTube.com–London-based art historian and curator, Juliet Wilson-Bareau finds important qualities and insights in a small self portrait by Goya in the current exhibit in the Prado Museum, “La belleza encerrada. De Fra Angelico a Fortuny”, “Beauty Enclosed. From Fra Angelico to Fortuny”  in the Prado from May 21-November 10, 2013. The painting is “Autorretrato” (1796 – 1797),” “Self Portrait” de Francisco de Goya y Lucientes. According to Wilson-Bareau the painting was done during a visit to the Duchess of Alba on her estates in San Lucar de Barrameda in Andalucía, and he gave it to her as a gift. At that same time he might have been preparing the preliminary drawings for his first series of prints, “Los Caprichos.” More…

Commented Works in the Prado: “Three Favorite Flyers”, by Jean-Francis Rigaud Reply

Leticia Anne SageThis charming little oval-format painting on copper, which forms part of the exhibition in the Prado Museum, “Closeted Beauty, from Fra Angelico to Fortuny,” has as much to do with social notes of its time in 1785 as it does with aviation. It was painted by Jean-Francis Rigaud and portrays the actress, Leticia Anne Sage, the first Englishwoman to fly in a hot-air balloon; the Tuscan pilot, Vicenzo Lunardi, the first man to take a hot-air balloon into English skies; and a certain Mr. Biggins, another 18th-century British jet setter. More…