Our walkabout art reporter Melanie O’Halloran and I got to preview Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits at the Meadows Museum this past Thursday. The exhibit opens today, September 16, 2012, and runs through January 13, 2013.
There are lot of benefits to previewing art. The best part being the occasional free lunch with other reporters. There is nothing like a nice lunch surrounded by Spanish masterpieces.
After a little eating and socializing, there was an introduction to the exhibit by Dr. Mark Roglán, Director, Meadows Museum, and Dr. Javier Portús, Head of Spanish Painting until 1700, Prado Museum.
The first thing I noticed in the exhibit gallery were two old friends above from the Kimbell Art Museum and Meadows Museum. These two court portraits were created hundreds of years ago and spend their lives in neighboring Texas cities.
The exhibit contains several full length portraits. Some of these portraits are being seen for the first time in public.
In a side gallery, there is a collection of books and works on paper which also include royal portraits.
The last room of the exhibit displays some x-rays taken of the portraits from the Meadows and Prado museums. The two institutions were trying to determine which painting came first.
This post is just a preview Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits opening today. Melanie is writing the review. Cheers.