pentecost-by-el-greco.ashx.jpgSMU’s Meadows Museum and the Prado Museum in Madrid on Friday, June 11, announced the launch of a three-year partnership, marking the first such international program for Spain’s national museum.

The multifaceted collaboration encompasses the loan of major paintings from the Prado, interdisciplinary research at SMU, an unprecedented internship exchange between the two museums, and a range of public programs. The Meadows is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain.

The Prado and the Meadows will be organizing groundbreaking exhibitions focused around pivotal masterpieces on loan from the Prado that will explore the broader cultural, political, religious, and historical contexts for the works. El Greco’s monumental painting, Pentecost, (right) will be the first of three loans to be presented in Dallas, on display from September 12, 2010-February 1, 2011.

Next year, the Prado will lend the Meadows Jusepe de Ribera’s Mary Magdalene followed by Diego Velazquez’s full-length portrait of Philip IV in 2012. The museum will produce a bilingual publication presenting new research across multiple subject areas timed to the installation of each loan, and will organize a series of symposia and educational programming with national and international scholars.

“After frequent visits to Madrid in the 1950s, museum founder Algur H. Meadows had a vision to establish a ‘Prado on the Prairie,’ and built an incredible collection of Spanish art that forms the foundation of the museum today,” said Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglan. “This new partnership is another step in realizing his aspiration.”

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