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Turner and the Masters

Prado Museum, Madrid

More than 80 paintings

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Curator Javier Barón Thaidigsmann

Organised by Tate Britain, in collaboration with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais and the Museo Nacional del Prado.

On 22 June 2010 the Prado will inaugurate the major exhibition Turner and the Masters, from London (Tate Britain, 23 September 2009 to 31 January 2010), and Paris (Grand Palais, 22 February to 24 May). The exhibition looks at the way that Turner produced his work in full awareness of the art of the great Old Masters, whom he studied in depth, while simultaneously paying attention to the artistic activity of a number of his contemporaries.

For the first time, the exhibition establishes a dialogue between Turner’s most important paintings, works by masters of other periods and those contemporary with his own time. The version of the exhibition to be seen at the Museo del Prado, which will comprise 80 paintings loaned from European and American institutions and collections, will include various works not shown in London and Paris. These include Shade and Darkness. The Eve of the Flood, Light and Colour. The Morning after the Flood, and Peace. Burial at Sea, three masterpieces from the end of Turner’s career.

Turner and the Masters aims to offer a complete overview of the artist’s oeuvre in order to reveal his connections with other painters of the stature of Rembrandt, Rubens and Claude Lorraine, among others, as well as the profoundly original way in which he absorbed their influence from the outset of his career to his final compositions.

Having already been seen in London and Paris, Turner and the Masters will now be shown at the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Its aim is to reveal to visitors the extent of Turner’s links with other historically important artists and the profoundly original way in which he assimilated their influence. This comparison will assist in an understanding of how Turner’s approach to and assimilation of other artists was intended not just as an homage to them but also involved a subtle and highly original type of transformation of their teachings.

Among the differences between this version of the exhibition and those already seen are the presence of a number of paintings not shown in London or Paris, including Shipwreck of a Cargo Boat, Snowstorm: Hannibal and his Army crossing the Alps, Peace. Burial at Sea, Shade and Darkness: evening of the Deluge, and Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory): the morning after the Deluge, all absolute masterpieces by Turner.

The works by other painters to be seen in the exhibition include some particularly outstanding masterpieces that have never previously been exhibited in Spain, such as Girl at the Window by Rembrandt, Les Plaisirs du Bal by Watteau, both loaned from Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, and the latter only shown at the Prado, as are the major canvases by Claude Lorraine and Rubens, Port Scene with the Embarkation of Saint Ursula (London, National Gallery), and Landscape with a Cart at Dusk (Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen). Also on display solely in the version of the exhibition at the Prado is An English Ship in a north-west Gale trying to beat windward (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London) by the 17th-century, English-based Dutch painter Willem van de Velde the Younger.

Image: Snow Storm-Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth. JMW Turner. 1842. Oil on canvas.

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Museo Nacional del Prado
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23 Madrid
Openning hours
Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9am to 8pm. Closed to the public every Monday.
The exhibition "Turner and the Masters" will open two hours Tuesday to Saturday during the months of July and August, thanks to the collaboration of Tourism Madrid, which also supported last year at this same time expansion initiative during exhibition "Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923)"
General: 10€
Reduced: 5€
The purchase of the entry ticket for the exhibition Turner and the Masters gives access to the permanent collection, to the contemporary temporary exhibitions and to the Cloister of the Jerónimos church. The access to the exhibition is the Jerónimos Entrance.

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