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The Prado Masterpieces

Featuring works from one of the world's most important museums

Erica Witschey

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A sumptuous showcase of the Prado’s permanent collection, featuring works from antiquity to the nineteenth century

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The Museo Nacional del Prado, Spain’s national art museum, features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, and is unquestionably the best single collection of Spanish art.

This luxurious volume is the definitive reference to the Museo del Prado and the first work of its kind to be published by the museum itself. It presents the globally renowned collection in chronological order, from Roman statues through to the nineteenth century, using the tastes of the Spanish royal family to tell the story of the evolution of Western art.

The Prado’s most seminal works are showcased here, including Velázquez’s Las Meninas, El Greco’s The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest and Goya’s The Third of May 1808, along with some of the museum’s most recent acquisitions. There are also beautiful fold-out reproductions of three triptychs by Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Haywain and The Adoration of the Magi, allowing a close-up view of their interior and exterior panels.

The book creates a fascinating dialogue between the greatest artists and their works, showing how painters have always reflected the influences of their predecessors and peers. An indispensable resource for anyone who loves art history, this is a richly illustrated record of one of the world’s greatest collections of European art.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 32.0 x 28.0 cm

Extent: 494 pp

Publication date: 25 April 2016

ISBN: 9780500970744

About the Author

The Museo Nacional del Prado is the main Spanish national art museum, located in Madrid. It features one of the world's finest collections of European art from the 12th century to the early 20th century, and one of the largest holdings of Bosch, Titian, El Greco, Rubens, Velázquez and Goya.

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Museo Nacional del Prado, Miguel Zugaza Miranda

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