Art & Myth. Gods of the Prado

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Myths are stories that tell us of gods and demigods and their relationship with men. This is why they are found in all ancient cultures and societies. Their origin is uncertain in most cases, and traditionally they were handed own by word of mouth, gradually changing with new additions and different ersions. In the case of the Greek myths, the fi rst written records date back no further than the 8th century BC.

  • From 7th July to 28th Octobre 2018.
  • From Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00-20:00.
  • Admission: 6 €
  • Curator: Fernando Pérez Suescun
Arte y mito. Los dioses del Prado
Arte y mito. Los dioses del Prado
Arte y mito. Los dioses del Prado

The lead characters of these myths were mainly the gods of Olympus, who not only ruled over the fate of men but  escended to Earth and interacted with them, sometimes taking on a human likeness that brought them closer. Their stories also served to explain all sorts of phenomena in nature and the universe around them. This gave rise to countless divinities that personified mountains, springs, rivers, seas, winds, constellations and also all sorts of trees and animals that lived alongside men.

Throughout history, classical mythology has been a constant source of inspiration for artists of all sorts, and these fabulous tales were depicted on pottery, blocks of marble, medals, tablets and canvases like those that form part of this exhibition. Made up entirely of pieces belonging to the Museo del Prado and dating from the middle of the 1st century BC to the end of the 18th century, the exhibition offers a broad overview of Graeco-Roman mythology and its representation by such outstanding artists as Francisco de Zurbarán, José de Ribera, Peter Paul Rubens, Michel-Ange Houasse, Francesco Albani,  Corrado Giaquinto and Leone Leoni, among others.

Organisation: Museo Nacional del Prado, Obra Social "la Caixa"


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