020209: Museo Nacional del Prado: Esculturas del Albertinum – Sculptures from the Dresden Albertinum

Museo Nacional del Prado: Esculturas del Albertinum – Sculptures from the Dresden Albertinum Between deities and humans After the Roman collections Chigi and Albani were purchased for the Elector of Saxony August the Strong, the Dresden Albertinum owned one of the world-renowned collections of antique sculptures outside of Italy. King Philipp V of Spain bought a significant amount of sculptures originating from the same eras from Queen Christina of Sweden for the royal collections in Madrid. The Prado owns one of the most significant sculpture collections in the world – a fact that is oftentimes forgotten given the museum’s world-renowned paintings. With this exhibit, the Prado is showing three things: part of its own collection with 20 examples ranging from Greek classic to late antiquity Roman art, the sculptures of the Dresden Albertinum, which is currently closed for renovation and sent 46 of its works to a foreign country for the first time, and the dialogue of these two monumental milestones of sculptures, united for the first time in 300 years. For the first time the statues of Zeus and Phidius’ Lemnian Athena stand side by side with Prado’s monumental Demeter sculpture. The exhibit is divided into three parts; each part being symbolized by a different colour of the museum’s walls. The light blue rooms symbolize beauty and rationality – showing Roman replicas of the Greek classic. The second part, symbolized by green walls, celebrates the Hellenistic era under Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy. The third part, in dark blue, is dedicated to Roman portraits dating from the end of the Imperial era, including the first public presentation of the 15 kilogram silver discus (Missorium de Teodosio) from the Royal Academy of History in Madrid. The statues of the tall Herculaneum Women are larger than life; the delightful small polychrome terracotta figures of three women, and the Roman replica of a contemplative muse, hair tied together in a pony tail, dating back to the first century A.D. : all as modern, as if time seemed to hang suspended. Clementine Kügler Museo Nacional del Prado 28014 Madrid, Paseo Prado, until 12. 04. 09 www.museoprado.mcu.es

Museo Nacional del Prado
28014 Madrid, Paseo Prado
Tel: +34 91 330 28 00
Email: museo.nacional@museodelprado.es
Öffnungszeiten: Mo-Sa 10-20h, So & Feiertage 10-19h

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