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Italian Masterpieces - National Gallery of Victoria


Looking for an excuse for a Melbourne getaway?

The finest collection of Italian masterpieces ever to come to Australia has unveiled at the National Gallery of Victoria. Featuring important works by masters such as Raphael, Titian and Tiepolo, the exhibition represents an unprecedented opportunity in Australia to see extraordinary Italian works of art produced during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.

This Melbourne exclusive exhibition has been drawn from one of the world’s most celebrated collections, the Museo del Prado, Madrid, and showcases over 100 works comprising 70 paintings, some measuring over 3 metres, alongside more than 30 superb drawings – the largest number of Italian works the Museo del Prado has ever loaned to one exhibition.

It is the first time the Prado has toured an exhibition of their renowned collection of Italian masterpieces anywhere in the world, making this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for lovers of art.

More than just an exhibition, visitors will be able to enjoy an accompanying program of innovative programs and events, Italian and Spanish language tours, events for children and families, performances, live music, lectures and tours that will all contribute to make Italian Masters an exceptional experience.


In the sixteenth century, the Spanish ruler Emperor Charles V began a tradition of acquiring Italian paintings. Successive rulers also commissioned works directly from the artists in Italy or enticed them to Spain to work in the Royal Household. Such is the scale of this exhibition that visitors can trace the stylistic development of Italian art across three centuries drawn from Italy’s key cultural centres including Rome, Venice and Naples.

Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado is presented alongside DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado is on display at the National Gallery of Victoria from 16 May until 31 August 2014. Admission fees apply.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this incredible exhibition and stay at one of Melbourne’s best boutique or art inspired hotels.

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