12 Characters from the Prado Collection
image
The exhibition 12 Characters from the Prado Collection – twelve masterpieces by world famous artists which have brought joy to millions of viewers over the centuries at Spain’s largest museum, the PRADO, will be on show for the first time in the Baltic region at the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE in Riga (6 Dome Square) from 25 March to 16 July 2017. This exhibition is a special present to Latvia’s Centenary from patrons Boris and Ināra Teterev.

PRADO, the pride of Spain, is one of the most outstanding museums in Europe with a history extending over almost 200 years and containing collections which have developed over many centuries. Through the prism of art, the great collection, which has developed on the basis of the Royal Household Collection, reflects the history of Spain which has been rich in dynamic events. Therefore, alongside national art, one can also find out about Flemish, French, Italian, Dutch, and German culture at the museum’s permanent displays, allowing to trace differences and interaction in the context of different centuries.

 

The 12 Characters from the Prado Collection exhibition of 16th–19th century masterpieces reveals the history and character of the collection in a concentrated form, where Spanish art undoubtedly dominates with its expressive colour and forms. From a geographical aspect, the presence of the historically associated cultural space – Flemish, French and Italian art, self-evidently enriches it. Together, these schools create the dominating aspect of the collection.

 

At the same time, these twelve characters reveal themselves in a very feminine form, as the exhibition is made up of twelve portraits of women or genre paintings with a religious and allegorical character. The portraits reveal the broad opportunities for the theme’s interpretation, the social position of the portrayed person, or show the female as a symbol of power, elegance, beauty, motherliness, piety or frivolity. These contrasts and similarities weave through the centuries, each coming with a different ideal of beauty or fashion and an understanding of attitudes to the enjoyment of life as opposed to morality.

 

The 12 Characters from the Prado Collection provides an opportunity to visitors to see the diversity of art styles – starting from High Renaissance and Mannerism, colourfully revealing the Spanish and Flemish Baroque period and Rococo, and then moving on to examples of 19th century Realism.

 

And finally – it is the 12 world famous masters, whose paintings have fascinated millions of viewers through the centuries. The full package of the exhibition encompasses the works by Paolo Veronese (1528–1588), Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), Anthony van Dyck (1599–1641), Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682), Francisco de Goya (1746–1828), and other artists.

 

The 12 Characters from the Prado Collection exhibition is the latest and most extensive joint project between the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation and the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE which continues their fruitful collaboration in developing of ambitious projects such as Riga’s Gondola (2012), the Magnetism of Provence, an exhibition of French art of the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century (2015), as well as events in various forms within the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation’s TÊTE-À-TÊTE arts programme.

 

The exhibition from the PRADO collection, which arose from an idea by Boris Teterev, is the special gift for Latvia’s Centenary from patrons Boris and Ināra Teterev. The patroness for the project is the former President of the Republic of Latvia and President of the Club de Madrid, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga.

 

On behalf of the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE, we would like to thank the PRADO Museum for the responsiveness and fruitful cooperation, which has been crowned by our first joint project.

 

The sincerest thanks from the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE go to patrons Ināra and Boris Teterev for their initiative and unselfish support for the Latvian cultural projects.

 

 

EXHIBITION  CURATOR:

Daiga Upeniece, Head of the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE / Latvian National Museum of Art

 

SUPPORTED BY:

 

Related News
Related events
news-image
25 Mar 16:00
TERRA INCOGNITA: Spain from a diplomat’s perspective
The former Ambassador of Latvia to Spain OĻĢERTS PAVLOVSKIS will talk about cooperation between Latvia and Spain at various periods of time and historical peripeteia. Photographs will reveal state diplomatic receptions and provide an introduction to Spain.
news-image
28 Mar 12:00
Informative seminar for teachers: Spain – only and just for teachers!
In the first part of the seminar, a guide will introduce teachers to two current exhibitions – Prado 12 Characters and Francisco de Goya’s Los Caprichos. The second part of the seminar will consist of an informative presentation about the Art Museum RIGA BOURSE’s educational programmes – thematic excursions, creative workshops, events associated with the Prado Museum collection and experience from working with groups of school children.
news-image
07 Apr 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: Saints and Temptation
Artist, art historian and Rundāle Palace Director Imants Lancmanis on Pieter Coecke van Aelst’s (1502–1550) painting The Temptation of St. Anthony
news-image
08 Apr 12:00
12 Characters Sketching Activity
In the introductory part of the workshop, participants will have a guided tour of the Prado 12 Characters Exhibition. The viewing of the exhibition will be followed by a practical creative activity, during which the basics of sketching will be acquired under the guidance of a professional artist. The Duende Flamenco Dance Club dancers in their flamenco costumes will take on the role of models.
news-image
21 Apr 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: The Royal House of Oranje and Music
The Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Latvia, His Excellency Pieter Jan Langenberg on the Royal House of Oranje and Anton van Dyck’s (1599–1641) painting Amalia de Solms-Braunfels
news-image
22 Apr 16:00
TERRA INCOGNITA: Spain’s Greatest Colony - Mexico
In the 16th century, the Spanish colonised the Aztecs, Mayans and other peoples who inhabited the territory of today’s Mexico. A new nation – the Mexicans, gradually developed over the course of history.
news-image
23 Apr 12:00
FAMILY DAY: Wonderful Pearl
During PRADO 12 CHARACTERS Exhibition, we are inviting families to find out about Spanish culture through the mysterious jewel, the pearl, which is rich in storybook images.
news-image
27 Apr 17:00
Space, Attire and Image: Goya, Spain and Dance
Artist and coaching specialist ZAIGA PUTRĀMA:“In each era, there is some externally invisible essence, something very important which is expressed by a culture as a whole, which includes visual art. Something which can only be felt or suspected, and is translated into colours, sounds, words or movements.”
news-image
28 Apr 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: Royal Collections
Art Museum RIGA BOURSE Director and concept author for the “Prado 12 Characters Exhibition”, Daiga Upeniece, on Spain’s royal collections and Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640)
news-image
29 Apr 12:00
Fan Workshop for the Ladies
The fan is an accessory with a long history, which has been familiar in Europe from the 4th century BC. Over time, the shape of the fan has changed and been adapted to fashion trends, however, its main function – to cool down its carrier – has remained unchanged.
news-image
05 May 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: French Royal Houses, Palaces and Gardens
Gilles Bonnevialle about the Chateau de Fontainebleau and other Castles of France in context with the painting “Isabella of France, Queen of Spain” by Frans Puorbus The Younger (1569–1622).
news-image
09 May 19:00
An Evening of Dance in a Spanish Atmosphere: So close, yet so far
On Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 7 PM The Art Museum RIGA BOURSE and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in Riga invite you to an evening of dance n Spanish atmosphere with performance “So Close Yet So Far” by ballet dancers Gonzalo Preciado Azanza and Jolanta Lubēja.
news-image
12 May 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: Manners and Etiquette
Former Latvian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain Aija Odiņa on manners and royal protocol in Spain, with reference to Paolo Veronese’s (1528–1588) painting The Choice of a Boy Between Virtue and Vice
news-image
13 May 12:00
Fan Workshop for the Ladies with a Piquant Insight into Fan Language
For us, the courts of royal houses are associated with dances, luxuriously attired people and fans. Fans accentuated their carrier’s movement, highlighting gestures and served as status symbols. In Europe, over time, fans became increasingly used to indicate something which couldn’t otherwise be openly expressed, and a special “language of the fan” developed.
news-image
19 May 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: Fashion
Fashion historian Edīte Parute on Spain and fashion in various centuries, from the perspective of the painting by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) of the tulle attired Tadea Arias de Enríquez
news-image
20 May 19:00
The Night of Spanish Cinema with Louis Buñuel
On international Museum’s night at May 20, 2017, The Art Museum RIGA BOURSE and the Embassy of Spanish Kingdom in Riga invite you to the Night of Spanish Cinema with Louis Bunuel.
news-image
26 May 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: The Language of Spanish Gestures
Spanish cultural centre SÉNECA Director Javier Fernandez Cruz on painter Alonso Coello, (1531–1588) and features of the Spanish character
news-image
28 May 12:00
FAMILY DAY: Wonderful Pearl
During PRADO 12 CHARACTERS Exhibition, we are inviting families to find out about Spanish culture through the mysterious jewel, the pearl, which is rich in storybook images.
news-image
02 Jun 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: The Subtlety of the Rococo Period
Cultural researcher Deniss Hanovs on painter José Camarόn Bonanat (1731–1803) and the 18th century
news-image
09 Jun 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: Theatre. Improvisation. Etudes
Director Māra Ķimele on the Fontainebleau school and commedia dell'arte
news-image
16 Jun 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: Flowers
Art historian Ksenija Rudzīte on the symbolism of flowers in art and painter Raimundo de Madrazo’s (1841–1920) master workshop
news-image
30 Jun 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: The Portrait and the Model
Art historian Vita Birzaka on the portrait genre in art and the portrait painted by José Casado del Alisal (1832–1886)
news-image
14 Jul 18:00
12 Friday Evening Personalities: Topic – A surprise
A surprise visitor from the Prado Museum (Museo del Prado) on Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s (1617–1682) painting The Virgin and Child
Related exhibitions
Related educational programmes
news-image
12 FRIDAY EVENING PERSONALITIES
The 12 FRIDAY EVENING PERSONALITIES discussion series is linked with the 12 CHARACTERS FROM PRADO exhibition. We will yield to the enchantment of the Spanish, French and Dutch culture in a leisurely way on twelve Friday evenings, with each evening being devoted to a specific work in the exhibition and the country which it represents. 
news-image
Butterfly’s Wing Fan Workshop
At the beginning of the activity, children, guided by a teacher from the museum, will research the works of art at the Prado 12 Characters Exhibition which are the most interesting visually, and in terms of their content, for the children’s particular age. Particular attention will be focussed on the personalities portrayed in the works of art and on how fashion trends have changed over time. 
news-image
Guided Tours in exhibitions “12 Characters from Prado collection” and “Francisko Goya. Los Caprichos”
Guided Tours in exhibitions “12 Characters from Prado Collection” and “Francisko Goya. Los Caprichos” are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 28 March until 12 July.
news-image
Free family guide-book at the PRADO 12 CHARACTERS Exhibition
„The Find the Painting! Find the Fragment!” family guide-book has been created for children visiting the the PRADO 12 CHARACTERS Exhibition with their parents. There are creative challenges and a dictionary in the guide-book for the whole family, which will make help to introduce the content of the exhibition and to find out something new.
Related press releases
Related galleries