Between 13 July and 26 August, the Plaza Mayor in Sigüenza will recreate the experience of contemplating fifty of the most important paintings in its collection with their real dimensions
Sigüenza hosts the exhibition 'The Prado Museum in the Streets' with reproductions of its most iconic works
- Organised by the Prado Museum and Fundación Iberdrola España, with the collaboration of the Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government, the exhibition will tour eight cities in the region with the aim of promoting knowledge and cultural identity regarding the country's historical heritage
"The Prado in Sigüenza", which is organised by the Prado Museum and Fundación Iberdrola España with the collaboration of the Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government, arrives in Sigüenza in Guadalajara province.
The exhibition was opened this morning by Emiliano García Page, President of the Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government; Pablo Bellido, President of the Castilla-La Mancha Parliament; Miguel Falomir, Director of the Prado Museum; María Jesús Merino, Mayor of Sigüenza; Fernando García, President of Fundación Iberdrola España; and Fernando Pérez Suescun, curator of the exhibition. It will remain open until 26 August and brings fifty of the most important works in the collection of the national art gallery to the public, through photographic reproductions, exhibited in the Plaza Mayor of Sigüenza, one of the most emblematic spaces in the city.
This exhibition aims to promote knowledge and awareness of the collections and the cultural identity related to the museum's historical heritage by encouraging educational programmes and cultural outreach activities. The exhibition also aims to virtually recreate the experience of visiting the museum by making it possible to view the paintings in their real dimensions.
The president of the Castilla-La Mancha Regional Government has had words of gratitude for “two of the institutions that most nourish the appreciation of the country: the Prado Museum and Iberdrola”. With regard to Fundación Iberdrola, he recognised its ongoing commitment to Castilla-La Mancha, in terms of lighting works and the promotion of energy, and he offered the director of the national art gallery, Miguel Falomir, the Palacio del Infantado in Guadalajara "as a sub-headquarters" for the Prado to house all those paintings that cannot be exhibited in its rooms. “This could be the best exhibition of the year,” added García Page, stressing that great works can be enjoyed in an open, safe and Covid-free environment.
For his part, the director of the Prado Museum stressed that “this project reflects the Museum's determination to continue sharing its treasures with society, getting closer to the citizens and leaving the walls of the Villanueva building, therefore becoming a vindication of art as a reference and a place for reflection”, and Fernando García Sánchez, president of the Iberdrola Foundation, added to this: “This initiative is another example of Iberdrola's firm commitment to bringing art closer to society”.
The open-air exhibition allows the visiting public to take a tour through the different artistic schools covered by the Prado’s permanent collections and learn about the history of Spain, Europe and Western art in general, as painted by the great masters. The Spanish, Italian, Flemish, French, German and Dutch schools will be represented through artists from the 12th century to the early 20th century.
It also has bilingual information panels on each of the works, as well as bilingual panels with information on the history of the museum and its collections.
On this occasion, the exhibition, which has already toured eight Spanish cities with great public success during the Prado Museum's Bicentennial celebration, begins a journey through seven cities in Castilla-La Mancha, in addition to Sigüenza: Puertollano, Tomelloso, Ciudad Real, Toledo, Guadalajara, Cuenca and it ends in March in Talavera de la Reina.
Fundación Iberdrola España is a Protector member of the Prado Museum
One of Iberdrola’s main areas of activity through its Foundation in Spain is cultural development, focused on the care and maintenance of cultural and artistic treasures.
In this way, the Foundation has been working in partnership with the Prado Museum since 2010 through its support for conservation and restoration programmes undertaken by the art gallery, as well as through four annual scholarships for young art restorers. In addition, it wanted to join the Extraordinary Programme for the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Prado Museum and, specifically, the deployment of this travelling exhibition in Spain.
Since 2011, Fundación Iberdrola has allocated a total of 13 million euros to the area of art and culture, which focuses its resources mainly on its Restoration Programme, which supports the restoration workshops of leading museums for the conservation of their pictorial and artistic heritage; and the Lighting Programme, which includes the design, implementation and funding of artistic lighting projects in unique buildings and monuments.
List of works reproduced
I. Spanish paintings
Bartolomé Bermejo, Saint Dominic of Silos enthroned as a Bishop
Yáñez de la Almedina, Saint Catherine
El Greco, The Holy Trinity
El Greco, The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest
El Greco, The Adoration of the Shepherds
Juan Sánchez Cotán, Still Life with Game, Vegetables and Fruit
Francisco de Zurbarán, Agnus Dei
José de Ribera, Jacob’s Dream
Diego Velázquez, The Feast of Bacchus, or The Drinkers
Diego Velázquez, View of the Gardens of the Villa Medici, Rome
Diego Velázquez, The Surrender of Breda, or The Lances
Diego Velázquez, Las Meninas, or the Family of Felipe IV
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, The Immaculate Conception of Los Venerables
Francisco de Goya, The Parasol
Francisco de Goya, The Naked Maja
Francisco de Goya, The Family of Carlos IV
Francisco de Goya, The 3rd of May 1808 in Madrid
Francisco de Goya, Saturn devouring his son
Federico de Madrazo, Amalia de Llano y Dotres, Countess of Vilches
Eduardo Rosales, Queen Isabella the Catholic dictating her will.
Mariano Fortuny, The Painter’s Children in the Japanese Room
Joaquín Sorolla, Boys on the Beach
II. Italian Paintings
Fra Angélico, The Annunciation
Andrea Mantegna, The Death of the Virgin
Antonello da Messina, The Dead Christ supported by an Angel
Sandro Botticelli, The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti
Rafael, The Cardinal
Correggio, Noli me tangere
Tiziano, The Bacchanal of the Andrians
Tiziano, Charles V at the Battle of Mühlberg
Tintoretto, The Washing of the Feet
Veronese, Venus and Adonis
Caravaggio, David victorious over Goliath
Orazio Gentileschi, Moses Rescued from the Nile
Giambattista Tiepolo, The Immaculate Conception
III. Flemish Paintings
Roger van der Weyden, The Descent from the Cross
El Bosco, The Garden of Earthly Delights
Joachim Patinir, Charon crossing the Styx
Antonio Moro, Mary Tudor, Queen of England, Second Wife of Philip II
Pieter Brueghel "the Elder", The Triumph of Death
Peter Paul Rubens, The Adoration of the Magi
Peter Paul Rubens, The Three Graces
Anton van Dyck, Endymion Porter and Van Dyck.
Jacob Jordaens, The Painter’s Family
David Teniers the Younger, The Archduke Leopold William in his Picture Gallery in Brussels
IV. Other Schools
Nicolas Poussin, Parnassus
Albrecht Dürer, Self-portrait
Rembrandt, Judith at the Banquet of Holofernes