Until 23 January 2022 in Room C of the Jerónimos Building and with the collaboration of the Comunidad de Madrid, the Museo Nacional del Prado is exhibiting three important narrative series produced for private clients in Andalusia in the mid-17th century: the two on the parable of the Prodigal Son and the Story of Joseph by Murillo and Antonio del Castillo, both of which have survived complete and are now in the National Gallery of Dublin and the Museo del Prado, respectively; and the series on the Life of Saint Ambrose by Juan de Valdés Leal.
The exhibition also features other paintings which originally belonged to series of this type that were split up and dispersed over time. Through these works visitors to the exhibition will be able to appreciate both the importance of serial creations in Andalusian painting of the period and the role played in the development of the latter by private collectors and patrons.
33 works from the Museo Nacional del Prado, the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and institutions such as the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, the Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, the Museo de Bellas Artes de Sevilla and the Biblioteca Nacional de España document the high levels of artistic merit achieved by the artists who cultivated this typology.
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