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Titian, Christ Carrying the Cross​, c. 1565, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. © Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado

Kings and Artists in Golden Age Spain

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

This event is sold out. Standby tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the lecture at the Brown Auditorium Theater box office. Please note that standby access is not guaranteed; guests in the standby line will be accommodated only if seating is available.

Presented by Zahira (Soni) Bomford, MFAH senior paintings conservator, in conjunction with the exhibition Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado.

The developing relationships between the kings of Spain and the artists who served them is a story that spans almost 200 years of the Habsburg monarchy. From the days of Philip II in the 16th century, when great artists were compelled to adapt their natural style to the king’s strongly held opinions about the role of art; to the paradigm of Velázquez as the national exemplar of the nobility of art; to the deployment of paintings in the propaganda machine of the Spanish crown, the symbiotic relationship between monarch and artist helped to shape not only the art of the court, but also of the vital artistic community in Spain's capital city of Madrid.

General admission to the MFAH is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell. This event is free, but tickets are required. Secure your seat by downloading tickets in advance! Tickets can be reserved by clicking the "get tickets" link above, calling 713.639.7771, or in person at any admissions desk.

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