'Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado'

'Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado'

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) presents more than 100 masterworks from one of the world’s most renowned collections of European painting.

The exhibition tells the story of the evolution of painting in Spain from the 16th through 19th centuries and explores how artists reflected the sweeping changes in society, culture, politics, and religion that contributed to the development of a modern Spanish identity.

Masterpieces by the leading painters of the day from each of the four centuries are included, with works by Francisco de Goya, El Greco, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, and Diego Velázquez. Artists who worked for the royal court and directly influenced the development of painting in Spain are also well represented, with superb paintings by Peter Paul Rubens, Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, and Titian. Portrait of Spain opens at the MFAH following the premiere at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane, Australia, the first stop on this two-venue tour.

Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado comes to Houston on exclusive U.S. loan as part of a new initiative by the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid to broaden access to its holdings.

The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, available through The MFAH Shop. Admission to this exhibition requires a timed-entry ticket, which also provides general admission to the museum. Buy tickets online.

  • Heritage
  • Houston
  • Dec 16, 2012Mar 31, 2013


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005

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This exhibition is organized by Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Francisco de Goya, Spanish, 1746–1828. The Crockery Vendor, 1778–79, Oil on canvas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (P0780). © Museo Nacional del Prado – Madrid, Spain.