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Jacopo Pontormo: Busto de figura masculina barbada
Cortesía del Istituti museali della Soprintendenza Speciale per il Polo Museale Fiorentino
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MADRID, SPAIN • Fundacion Mapfre • 12 February - 11 May 2014
Fundacion Mapfre's exhibition halls hosts an exhibition dedicated to the drawings of Jacopo Carucci (1494-1557), better known in art history as Pontormo and considered one of the greatest exponents of Mannerism. The show features a carefully chosen array of 70 drawings—the majority loaned by the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, though other prestigious European museums such as the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung in Munich and the Vienna Albertina have also contributed to this selection—which document every stage in Pontormo's career and all the different drawing media he used. The exhibition consists of 60 drawings by Pontormo as well as nine drawings by other great artists such as Dürer, Lorenzo di Credi, Poussin and Tiepolo, so that visitors can compare and contrast their different approaches to draughtsmanship and appreciate the originality of the Florentine artist's style.
The selected drawings also are accompanied by a rare gem: Pontormo's Diary, held at the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence, which has never been shown outside Italy until now. This journal contains writings and small sketches by the artist, created during the last two years of his life, about his obsessions, his routines and his desire to draw in seclusion, and as such it is a unique testament to the legend of Pontormo as an artiste maudit.
This show of Pontormo's work is organised to coincide with the 520th anniversary of the artist's birth.
Fundacion Mapfre Website
Sala Azca, avenida General Peron, 40
Tel: (34) 91 581 61 00
José de Ribera: Tityus
Oil on canvas
227 x 301 cm, 1632
Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
The “Furias”: From Titian to Ribera
MADRID, SPAIN • Museo Nacional del Prado • 21 January - 4 May 2014
|The “Furias”. From Titian to Ribera offers an in-depth analysis of the Renaissance and Baroque’s interpretation of antiquity and looks at the circulation and exchange of artists, works and aesthetic ideas across Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. In addition, it seeks to encourage a reflection on why certain forms acquire meanings that are passed down from one generation to the next. Despite their classical origins, the “Furias” first appeared as a group in art in 1548 when Mary of Hungary commissioned Titian to paint four canvases for her palace at Binche (on the outskirts of Brussels) depicting Tityus, Tantalus, Sisyphus and Ixion, figures whom she associated with the German princes who had rebelled against her brother, the Emperor Charles V, and whom he had defeated the year before at Mühlberg. |
In Spain, the name the “Furias” was applied to four figures who dwelled in the Graeco-Roman Hades as a punishment for defying the gods: Tityus, whose liver was constantly pecked at by a vulture for attempting to rape one of Zeus’s lovers; Tantalus, condemned to vainly try to obtain food and drink for serving up his son at a banquet of the gods; Sisyphus, who had to endlessly roll an enormous rock for revealing Zeus’s infidelities; and Ixion, obliged to turn forever on a wheel for attempting to seduce Hera. Strictly speaking, the Furies were female figures who personified punishment and vengeance and were responsible for ensuring that those in Hades underwent their punishments. In Spain, however, and from the 16th century onwards the name was used for Titian’s canvases of Tityus, Ixion, Tantalus and Sisyphus, and the term thus became used for the subject in general.
Divided into five sections, the exhibition includes 2 drawings, 8 prints, 1 medal and 16 paintings and centres on a copy of the Laocoön from the Museo de Escultura in Valladolid.
Museo Nacional del Prado Website
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Paseo del Prado
Tel: (34) 91 330 28 00
Mischa Maisky, cello
MADRID, SPAIN • Auditorio Nacional de Música • 26 March 2014
Haydn: Cello Concerto no. 1
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations
Aldo Sisillo, conductor
Mischa Maisky, cello
Auditorio Nacional de Música Website
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Príncipe de Vergara, 146
E - 28002
Tel: (34) 91 33 70 140
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