Art and Myth. The Gods in the Prado


This is the fourth exhibition organized between the "laCaixa" Foundation and the Museo Nacional del Prado. Both entities have had a fruitful strategic alliance since 2011 whose objective is to bring to the public part of the rich artistic legacy of the Prado Museum.

"Art and myth. The gods in the Prado" offers a broad look at Greco-Roman mythology and its representation throughout the history of art, through paintings, sculptures and objects dated between the central years of the 1st century BC. C. and the middle of the XIX century. A diachronic proposal with 64 works from the Prado Museum collections, created by essential artists in the history of art such as Francisco de Zurbarán, José de Ribera, Pedro Pablo Rubens, Michel-Ange Houasse, Francesco Albani, Guido Reni, Corrado Giaquinto, Jan Carel van Eyck and Leone Leoni, among others.

Eight sections, eight topics

This walk through Olympus is structured in eight topics and offers, simultaneously, different representations of gods, and various interpretations of the same mythological episode. This fact allows visitors to appreciate at the same time the iconographic, geographical and chronological richness of the Prado Museum collections.

Classical discourse and the contemporaneity of myths in the 21st century

In "Art and myth. The gods of the Prado" an audiovisual has been produced in which current voices reflect on how classical myths have survived in contemporary culture and how they narrate current ideas about love, beauty, nature, the destiny, masculinity or femininity. The writers Luna Miguel, Bel Olid and Raül Garrigasait participate in this video; the poet Antoni Clapés; the illustrator Rocío Quillahuaman; the cultural producer and journalist Tania Adam; and singer David Carabén.

Free for CaixaBank customers and children under 16 years of age.