Finest works from El Prado museum showcased in Havana

Posted: 13-Mar-16 15:16

A collaboration between El Prado museum in Madrid and the Office of the Historian of the City in Havana (Oficina del Historiador de la Ciudad) brought a total of 53 reproductions from the famous Spanish museum to the Cuban capital. These included replicas of some of El Prado's most celebrated paintings.

Finest works from El Prado museum showcased in Havana

Works by Velazquez, Goya, El Bosco, El Greco and other celebrated painters are being showcased in an open air exhibition in Havana, at Castillo de La Real Fuerza, a colonial fortification guarding the Bay of Havana and which today serves as a museum after being declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

More than 50 photographs of the most valued paintings exhibited in the Spanish El Prado museum were unveiled in the Cuban capital on 4th March and will remain exposed to the public near the Avenida del Puerto until May this year.

The replicas, made to scale to measure the same size of each original painting, include master pieces like Goya´s “The Third of May 1808”, El Greco´s “The nobleman with his hand on his chest”, and “The garden of earthly delights”, by El Bosco.

The exhibition was projected as a chronological journey through different art schools in the history of art from the 12th century to the beginning of the 20th century.

In the cases where paintings were too big for the allocated space, as it happened with "Las Meninas", by Velazquez, the organisers selected significant and illustrative fragments of the paintings and exhibited them at the gates of the Castillo de la Real Fuerza.

During a press conference held earlier this month, the Spanish ambassador in Havana, Juan Francisco Montalban, highlighted the importance of bringing the exhibition to the Historic Centre in the island´s capital.

Of the art pieces being exhibited in Havana, Montalban said they were part of:

“...the heritage of both Spain and Cuba, like the treasures in El Prado Museum. The world´s cultural heritage can now be seen not only by Cubans but also by tourists.”

“El Prado in the streets” a project that kicked off in 2015, has brought some of the finest works exhibited in El Prado museum to public spaces in Tegucigalpa, Guatemala City and San Salvador. After its Cuban chapter, this initiative will continue its itinerary in other countries (and former Spanish colonies) like Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Philippines, and Guinea Equatorial.


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