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The Prado in Spain renews its collection to highlight women artists


MADRID, July 22 (Reuters) – Seeking to breathe new life into the Prado Museum in Madrid after the long months of the pandemic, curators have revamped the collection to display more work by female artists and better reflect the variety of 19th century art.

After recent acquisitions of paintings and miniatures, the museum now houses the works of 13 women painters out of a total of 130 artists.

The miniatures, often intimate family portraits, require a great deal of technicality but could be made in small workshops, making them popular with women artists who lacked large workshops in the 19th century.

There are now seven rooms with works by women such as Marcela de Valencia and Maria Blanchard, Javier Baron, head of the museum’s paintings conservation from the 19th century, told Reuters.

Leticia Ascuebrea, responsible for the conservation of sculpture and decorative arts, said that each work should deserve its place.

The portrait titled La Bolonesa (La Bolognese) painted by Maria Blanchard is on display at the El Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, July 21, 2021. REUTERS / Juan Medina NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVES

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“The museum is very rigorous, if there is a woman there it is because she deserves it,” she said.

Last October, the museum removed a 19th-century canvas from a temporary exhibition of female artists after an art detective discovered that it had in fact been painted by a man.

The Prado purchased new works with the help of an inheritance from Carmen Sanchez Garcia, who left much of her estate for the acquisition and restoration of paintings upon her death in 2016.

The museum has opened a room for portraits and self-portraits of painters to get to know them better.

He also began exhibiting the work of great masters like Francisco Goya alongside their peers to emphasize their originality and show connections to the art of their time, Baron said.

Reporting by Corina Pons and Guillermo Martinez, editing by Andrei Khalip and Giles Elgood

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