From today, the Espacio Cultural Cajacanarias is hosting El retrato español en el Prado, an exhibition of Spanish portraiture from the Prado, Spain’s national art gallery in Madrid. The exhibition will be open until 8 January, and will feature 73 works by Spanish artists from the 15th to 19th centuries, including El Greco, Sorolla, Velázquez and Goya, whose self-portrait, above, is perhaps the nearest thing to Rembrandt’s sublime self studies that I know of in portraiture.
This is the second exhibition of works from the Prado to travel to Tenerife. The first one, of still life, attracted 25,000 visitors. Given the subjects of the portraits, the exhibition is being presented as both a demonstration of Spanish art and an exercise in Spanish history, and the Prado’s commitment to exhibiting its treasures around Spain provides a wonderful opportunity to see historic works of art that would otherwise only be possible in Madrid itself.
The Espacio Cultural Cajacanarias is in Plaza del Patriotismo, Santa Cruz, near to the Plaza de Españá, and a short walk from the Teatro Guimerá tram stop. There’s a useful map HERE. Entry is free is for students, the retired, and for CajaCanarias’ clients. Otherwise there is an entry fee of €2 for residents/€5 for non-residents. Opening times are:
Monday to Thursday 11am-1pm; 5-9pm.
Firday 11am-1pm; 5-8pm.
Saturday 11am-2pm; 5-8pm.