Full Circle: Prado + Portraiture + A Mighty Royal


The likeness of powerful Spanish monarch King Philip IV %26mdash; he of the astute eye whose art collection forms a pillar of one of the world%26rsquo;s most munificent museums, Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid %26mdash; comes to the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University this fall. %26ldquo;Diego Vel%26aacute;zquez: The Early Court Portraits%26rdquo; pairs this patron extraordinaire with his official court painter, assembling early examples from the 17th-century Spanish master%26rsquo;s oeuvre including the celebrated, psychologically modern, imposing canvas of Philip IV from 1623 to 1627, begun when the artist was only 24 years old. Part of the innovative, ongoing Prado-Meadows exchange, this loan comes full circle, for if there were no Philip IV nor his portrait by Vel%26aacute;zquez, there would have been no Prado to inspire Algur H. Meadows to found his own %26ldquo;small Prado
in Texas.%26rdquo; September 16, 2012 - January 13, 2013, at Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University; smu.edu/meadowsmuseum.

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IMAGE: Diego Rodr%26iacute;guez de Silva y Vel%26aacute;zquez%26rsquo;s Philip IV, 1623 %26ndash; 1627, at Meadows Museum, SMU

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