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Diego Velázquez, Mars​, c. 1638, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. © Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado

Artful Thursday: The French Taste for Spanish Painting in the 19th Century

Thursday, Jan 17, 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 Gary Tinterow, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in conjunction with the exhibition Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado.

In 1838, King Louis Philippe of France inaugurated the Galerie Espagnole at the Louvre, placing on view his extraordinary collection of hundreds of Spanish paintings, which left an indelible impression in France. By the 1860s, the French taste for Spanish painting was perceptible at each Paris Salon. This talk examines the ways in which the masters of Spain’s Golden Age—El Greco, Murillo, Ribera, Velázquez, and Zurbarán—influenced 19th-century French artists including Courbet, Degas, Delacroix, Millet, Renoir, and, most notably, Manet.

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 are available online by clicking the "get tickets" link above, by phone at 713.639.7771, or in person at any admissions desk.

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Promotional support generously provided by KUHF 88.7 FM, Houston Public Radio.

Refreshments generously provided by Starbucks locations at Buffalo Speedway/Westpark and in Rice Village.

All education programs at the MFAH receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.