I should say from the start that I am thoroughly against the modern trend of running exhibitions at galleries and museums to "turn profits", but given that the exhibition currently running at the Queensland Art Gallery was a collection of masterpieces from the Prado in Spain, I felt it was a must see. How wrong I was.
Surely this is not the best the Prado has to offer?
Most of the exhibition can be catergorised into dour royal portriature, samey religious iconography (it appears the counter-reformation Spanish had a thing for depiciting imminent martyrdom) or pretty wall hangings (the fact the still lifes were the most interesting room may tell you something).
This is not to discount the skill of the artist, for example I can most certainly appreciate the fine work in the bodice of Isabella's portrait or the silken sheen of the knights clothes in Perada's "Relief of Genoa".
There are certainly some great artists represented, Goya, Rubens, Titian and Valesquez, can be found amongst those hung, but the fact is that these are not their great paintings. A good exhibition should have you turning yourself in torment over which single painting you would take home if you could, however, by the second room I was more interested in the frames.
Save yourself $20 and wander around the rest of gallery, where the (space) limited collections of fine asian art, european porcelain and australian pieces are, to my own tastes at least, far more interesting.
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