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Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces From The Prado @ QAG

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by Paula Lee (subscribe)
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I just love all things Spanish. This passion was ignited recently when I visited Spain and spent 11 days experiencing its wonderful culture. Unfortunately my Madrid itinerary did not include the Museo del Prado, so I was overjoyed when I learnt that the Queensland Art Gallery was hosting Portrait of Spain - Masterpieces From The Prado. I just couldn't wait to to go see it.

I finally had the opportunity to view the exhibition last weekend and it was worth it. With over 80 exquisite pieces of work by Spain's most renowned artists including El Greco, Velazquez and Francisco de Goya, as well as foreign artists who contributed to the development of painting in Spain, this exhibition reveals three centuries of Spanish life and identity.

I am not claiming to be an art aficionado and I do not know how to critique art, nor am I familiar with the language or method used when writing a review about art. I simply like what I like, and I loved the Portrait of Spain. The highlight of the exhibition for me was the glimpse of 'courtly life' viewed through amazing portraits from the 16th and 17th centuries, and a captivating series of devotional religious scenes and mythology depictions. The selection of master works included some interesting still lifes, landscapes, nudes, and much more. The only disappointing part for me was arriving at the gift shop and realizing that I had come to the end of the exhibition as I was not ready for the experience to end so soon.

Portrait of Spain - Masters from the Prado was totally absorbing and had the effect of transporting me to another time and place. I would encourage you to visit the exhibition with some friends or family as I did and meet up at the Sala Cafe for a glass of sangria and some tapas afterwards. This added to the atmosphere and prolonged the Spanish experience for me, plus it gave us a chance to share with each other our thoughts and feelings of the exhibition.

Portrait of Spain - Masterpieces From The Prado is at the Queensland Art Gallery until 4 November 2012.
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Why? A rare Spanish experience
When: 10.00am - 5.00pm during the week, 9.00am - 5.00pm on weekends
Where: Queensland Art Gallery
Cost: $22 per adult, $18 per concession holder, free for children under 12
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