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Preview for Deigo Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits at the Meadows Museum

Dr. Mark Roglán, Director, Meadows Museum (photo by Mr. Holga)

Dr. Mark Roglán, Director, Meadows Museum

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.

Dr. Javier Portús, Head of Spanish Painting until 1700, Prado Museum

Dr. Javier Portús, Head of Spanish Painting until 1700, Prado Museum

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.

Velázquez portraits form the Kimbell Art Museum and Meadows Museum

Velázquez portraits form the Kimbell Art Museum and Meadows 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.

Three early court portraits by Diego Velázquez at the Meadows Museum

Three early court portraits by Diego Velázquez at the Meadows Museum

The exhibit contains several full length portraits. Some of these portraits are being seen for the first time in public.

Books on display at Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits show early engravings

Books on display at Diego Velázquez: The Early Court Portraits show early engravings

In a side gallery, there is a collection of books and works on paper which also include royal portraits.

X-ray of Meadows Museum's Velazequez and image of painting

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.

About M. C. Roman

M. C. Roman, owner and managing editor of Dallas Art News, is a painter, printmaker and photographer. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. M. C.'s art can be viewed at michaelroman.com. Social media friends can find M. C. on Facebook at facebook.com/mcroman.

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