December 8, 2010

SMU’s Meadows Museum and the Prado Museum in Madrid have entered into a three-year partnership, marking the first such international program for Spain’s national museum.

The collaboration includes the loan of major paintings from the Prado, interdisciplinary research at SMU, an internship exchange between the two museums, and public programs.

El Greco’s monumental painting, Pentecost, is the first of three loans from the Prado. The masterpiece will be on display at the Meadows through February 1, 2011.

Sultans and Saints: Spain’s Confluence of Cultures, an exploration of the religious character of Spain and its impact on El Greco’s style and subject matter, will continue at the museum through January 23, 2011. The exhibition includes works of art from the Meadows and other SMU collections in a variety of media, including manuscripts, ceramics, paintings and sculpture.

Shown left, Pentecost, El Greco, c. 1600, oil on canvas, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado