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Historical Art Collection

The historical art collection plots a chronological course from the 15th to the 19th century. In this way, not only do we look in greater depth at the history of art by means of outstanding figures such as Greco, Tintoretto, Ribera, Rubens, Beruete, Fortuny, Madrazo or Miró, but we can also see how artistic styles evolved over time.

15th century

The Romanic style of the previous centuries gave way to the Gothic style with lighter, more luminous architecture leading to substituting wall paintings with tableau on boards. This highlights careful composition, perspective and modelling as we can appreciate in the pictures from the collection belonging to the Castilian School.

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16th century

The conception of the Renaissance, with man at the centre of the world, led the way for painting with new achievements in modelling, perspective, command of the human anatomy and the landscape. This section of the collection is characterised by its variety, also highlighting the appearance of new genres such as landscape and portrait.

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17th century

Baroque style was a brilliant art at the service of the Counter-Reformation, dominating a comprehensible art that attracts us with fast movements, wealth of colour, violent contrasts of light and shade and great realism. The authors included in our collection are a clear example of this.

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18th century

Neo-classicism developed in this century with a clear, linear and harmonious style using extremely well-defined volumes. In Spain, Felipe V, a Borbon monarch, was surrounded by artists along the lines of the French court, leading to the arrival of a wide variety of foreign artists, as the collection clearly shows.

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19th century

This century welcomed styles such as Romanticism that emerged as a reaction to the rationality of the Enlightenment, Realism that gave a message of political-social criticism and Impressionism that aimed to reflect the changing aspects of nature. This path towards the avant-garde is reflected in works from the collection corresponding to this time.

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