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Exhibitions

Velázquez and The Family of Philip IV

A tour of the artist's most important court paintings.

The most important portraits from the end of Velázquez's life join others that were being produced in his circle, showing us the importance and development of portraiture in the Spanish court under the artistic reign of this painter from Seville.

Through around 30 works, this exhibition analyzes Velázquez's court portraits painted between the year of his second trip to Rome, in 1648, and his death in Madrid, in 1660.

Some of his most important works, such as 'Las Meninas' are from this period. In these works Velazquez gradually abandons realism, starting to paint with 'bold strokes that seem incoherent if you look at them close up, although very exact and precise from a proper distance,' according to the museum.

This innovative style had a decisive influence on 19th-century painters such as Édouard ¬Manet, who studied the work very closely.

In addition to works by Velázquez himself, the exhibition also includes other portraits produced in the Spanish court at that time, as well as pieces by artists who followed in his path after his death: painters such as Mazo and Carreño who made their own contributions to the genre, in portraits of Margarita of Austria, Mariana of Austria and Charles II, among others.

Las Meninas

  • Starting: 08/10/2013
  • Ending: 09/02/2014
  • Where: Prado Museum
  • Ticket sales: Museum ticket counters, www.entradasprado.com and 902 10 70 77
  • Times: Monday ? Saturday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm: Sundays and bank holidays, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Price: Direct sales at the ticket counters: general admission: €14, reduced admission: €7. Free admission and Museum guide: €19.50. Group rate: €10 per person. Free admission Tuesday
  • Bus: 9, 10, 14, 19, 27, 34, 37, 45
  • Metro: Atocha (L1)/ Banco de España (L2)