Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid

A Tricentennial Exhibition

June 23–September 16, 2018 

Cowden Gallery
BEJARANO Alfonsito Cabral with a Puro Romanticismo CE0904.tiff copy

EL GRECO. VELÁZQUEZ. GOYA. SOROLLA. PICASSO. These are just some of the Spanish masters whose paintings are included in Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid. This Tricentennial exhibition will feature more than forty masterpieces of Spanish painting drawn from major collections in Madrid—including the Prado, San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum, and the Reina Sofia—complemented by a select group of works from American museums. The exhibition will only be seen in San Antonio, and many of the works of art have never been on view in the United States.

“By bringing together paintings from different collections, Spain offers a dynamic narrative,” said Chief Curator William Keyse Rudolph, PhD, the exhibition’s co-curator. “From devotional works that demonstrate the dominance of the Catholic Church at the end of the Middle Ages to cosmopolitan paintings from the dawn of the twentieth century, visitors will see the beauty of Spanish painting and its legacy.”


Spain: 500 Years of Spanish Painting from the Museums of Madrid is organized by the San Antonio Museum of Art and undertaken with the support of the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport in Madrid.

This exhibition is made possible by Bank of America. 

It is generously funded by Carlos and Malú Alvarez, American Airlines Cargo, The Brown Foundation, the Elizabeth Huth Coates Foundation of 1992, and Christie’s Appraisals, Inc.

This exhibition is supported by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture and an indemnity from the Federal Council of the Arts and the Humanities.


Manuel Cabral Aguado Bejarano (Spanish, 1828-1891), Alfonsito Cabral with a Cigar(Alfonsito Cabral con puro), 1865, Oil on canvas, h. 49 3/16 in. (125 cm); w. 39 3/8 in. (100 cm), Museo del Romanticismo, Madrid,  CE0904, Photography by Pablo Linés Viñuales

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