A Prado Museum Trio: Rubens, Velázquez and Tiziano with Marta López Beriso - Context Travel

A Prado Museum Trio: Rubens, Velázquez and Tiziano with Marta López Beriso


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Join an art historian for a peek into the world of three artists and contemporaries, Rubens, Velázquez and Tiziano as we look at the connections between some of their great works held in Madrid’s Prado Museum.

Under the reign of King Philip IV, a young Diego Velázquez hosted cosmopolitan Peter Paul Rubens at the Royal Palace of El Escorial where the two painted, shared meals, and, we can imagine, discussed artistic matters. Since that encounter, Velázquez transformed his artistic approach, as he developed a unique focus on the color and light so elegantly and skillfully portrayed in Tiziano’s work. Velázquez frequently expressed his fondness of Tiziano and Rubens and cites them both in his last work, The Spinners, to render homage to the days he spent at El Escorial with Rubens learning to admire Tiziano.

“Her scholarship is beyond compare.”

Though there is no witness to their conversations, we will let the flow of their brushstrokes speak for them, echoing the words of their artistic genius. Led by an expert on Art History, Marta López Beriso, this interactive seminar will review the connections among the work of these three artists displayed in The Prado Museum Collections. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how artists relate to and influence each other, establishing filiations and redefining visual culture.

“Dr. Beriso’s presentation is perfect: detailed information, always interesting, never boring. Organized, clear and understandable.”

Professor Marta López Beriso is an active scholar and educator in the field of Art History. She teaches at various American universities in Madrid. She holds degrees in Art History and Archaeology (B.A. Université de La Sorbonne-Paris IV), Arts and Culture Administration (M.A. Universidad de Barcelona), and a PhD in Art History, expertise in History of Photography (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). She is also the founder and director of “Aulas de Arte”, a private non-profit organization, dedicated to educational services in museums, nationwide and internationally. Born and raised in Madrid, she has studied in Paris and also worked in New York at the beginning of her professional career, at MOMA. Back in Madrid she feels the city as a cosmopolitan insider. She knows both the historical and traditional Madrid she discovered with her mother and grandmother as well as the most contemporary and alternative side of the city.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.