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From July 1 to next October 18, the National Institute of Fine Arts presents the exhibition ‘Yo, el rey. The Hispanic Monarchy in art ’at the National Museum of Art. This exhibition will offer the public, through national and international works, a look at the sovereignty of the Hispanic Monarchy.
The exhibition approaches the mechanisms and representation of monarchs with a selection of 200 works, among which are paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, jewelry, silver cutlery, armor and all kinds of historical documents.
The National Museum of Art has obtained important loans del Museo Nacional del Prado, Royal Collections of the National Heritage, the Museum of America, the Museum Lázaro Galdiano, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Hispanic Society of America, The Museum of Art of Philadelphia, The Museum of Art of San Carlos, the National Museum of the Viceroyalty, the Franz Mayer Museum and the Regional Museum of Querétaro.
Some religious institutions have participated in the organization such as the Cathedral of Seville, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City, the San Felipe Neri Temple, the Museum of the Basilica of Guadalupe and more than 20 private collections.
It is important to note the decisive contribution of the National Museum of Art to the conservation of the National Heritage. Thanks to this exhibition, many pieces have been restored, including a portrait of Carlos III by Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz.
The exhibition, which has been restored by Abraham Villavicendo, curator of art at the National Museum, is developed in four themes distinct that focuses on the figure of the king as the unifier of the Hispanic kingdoms and a huge political system known as the ‘Hispanic Monarchy’.
‘The Iconographic Heritage of the Ancient Past'It will focus on the founding of myths and the kingdom, showing how, through Roman, indigenous and German elements, they were forging the image of the Hispanic Monarchy.
‘The royal effigy. Plastic and rhetorical resources‘Raises the constitution of the image of sovereignty, attributed to the power of the Hispanic Monarchy.
‘The Messianic Monarchy and the Religious Imaginary'It explores the role of the king as a guide to the church and the close ties that existed between the kings and ecclesiastical institutions.
The exhibition closes with 'Echoes of the Monarchy in Independent Mexico', Where they analyze how the heritage of the Hispanic Monarchy affected independent Mexico.
The exhibition wants to show the development of Political and legal elements of the Hispanic Monarchy that today are an inheritance for today's Mexico.
In addition, many pieces by renowned European painters of the 16th and 17th centuries, from the period known as the Golden Age, such as Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya and Francisco de Zurbarán, along with some Mexican artists like Cristóbal de Villalpando, Juan Corea, Baltasar de Echave Orio, Manuel Tolsá and Santiago Rebull, among others.
The exhibition catalog will appear in Spanish and English and will combine texts by specialized researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the College of Mexico, the National School of Anthropology and History, the National Museum of the Viceroyalty and the National Museum of Art.
The National Museum of Art will offer different activities for different audiences: guided tours or summer classes for young children. There will also be academic debates and a series of conferences with different speakers from international universities.
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