Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition Meta-painting. A Journey to the Idea of Art, held at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, between November 15th 2016 and February 19th 2017.
21 x 27 cm
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The Museo del Prado is inviting visitors to reflect on the changing status of painting and the other arts with an exhibition largely although not entirely based on works associated with the royal collections and with Spanish art. A selection of more than 100 paintings, prints and sculptures dating from the start of the modern age to the late 19th century will allow for an overview of the principal ideas on images, art, artists and the public over the course of the centuries.
Structured into different sections, the exhibition and the catalogue will analyse issues such as the origins of artistic activity; religious and mythological accounts; the “magical” nature of images and their devotional function; the emergence of the idea of “art”; the relationship between pictorial and real space; the way in which artists have represented themselves or have reflected on their creative and working environment; and the fundamental concerns of art theory.
The author of the texts is Javier Portús, Head of the Department of Spanish Painting (up to 1700) of Museo Nacional del Prado.