The holdings of Italian art in the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid are unique and unrivalled in museums outside Italy. Drawn from its magnificent collection, this exhibition of over 70 paintings and 30 drawings presents a rich selection of works spanning 300 years of Italian art, from the early sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries.
More than 70 artists are represented including Raphael, Correggio, Titian, Tintoretto, the Carracci, Poussin and Tiepolo. The exhibition reflects the taste of the Spanish Royal Court whose Kings and Courtiers avidly collected Italian art. Successive rulers also commissioned works directly from the artists in Italy or enticed them to Spain to work in the Royal Household. Many of these works are at the heart of the Prado’s collection and have never before left Spain.