First exhibition organized in Spain dedicated exclusively to portraiture in the 19th century, covering all the techniques and manifestations of the genre, including painting, sculpture, medallistic, miniature, watercolor, drawing, etching, lithography and photography. The richness and variety of the Museo Nacional del Prado collections have made this exhibition possible.
During the 19th century, the genre of portraiture experienced a surge in popularity, especially due to the growth of the bourgeois classes. At the same time, realism in the arts led to an increasingly naturalistic depiction of effigies. Despite this, some conventions can be identified in portraiture, even in photography, which suggest the use of specific procedures and codes.
General admission allows access to all temporary and permanent exhibitions.
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