The National Prado Museum in Madrid will very soon house an exhibition of the Spanish artist Juan Bautista Maino, one of the most original painters of 17th century Spanish art. The exhibition will be held from 20th October to 31st January 2010. This will be the star exhibition of the upcoming fall-winter season in the museum.
This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about Maino (1581-1649), artist of whom very little is known, despite the originality of his paintings. This is a great reference of Spanish painting of the first half of the seventeenth century, but the late and difficult identification of his biographical data and his works, many of which have been attributed to him recently, have gone unnoticed despite having belonged to the artistic court of Philip IV. It was not until 1956 when his real origin in the Spanish town of Pastrana, Guadalajara was confirmed.
Many of the paintings will be displayed together for the first time in this exhibition under his name, since up till now they had erroneously been attributed to other painters.
The Spanish artist moved to Madrid to train as an artist, but in 1600 he travelled to Italy to complete his art studies for ten years. There, he was influenced by the new Italian school, with a clear influence of great artists such as Caravaggio, Carracci, Guido Reni and Gentileschi, among others. Back in Spain, and in the second half of the seventeenth century, he work was modern and innovative – a style typical of the Italians.
For the first time in history, this exhibition presents all the known work of the artist. About 35 paintings, plus other works by other artists make a chronological journey through the evolution of the painter and compare their works with some of his contemporaries.
In order to safeguard the welfare of the works, the state will pay nearly 60 billion euros to guarantee and ensure for the possible destruction, loss, theft or damage which may affect these important paintings.
Don’t miss this unprecedented exhibition. Come to the wonderful Prado Museum and enjoy the best in Spanish art. You can combine it with a wonderful holiday in the Spanish capital. For cheap accommodation, rent Apartments in Madrid and enjoy your stay to the full.