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Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting
September 11, 2015–January 3, 2016
For more than 500 years, the Alba family has formed part of the most important aristocratic lineages in Europe. In celebration of the Meadows Museum’s 50th anniversary, they are graciously allowing more than 130 works from their private collection to leave Spain for the very first time. Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting presents paintings and decorative arts drawn from three of the family’s most spectacular palaces in Madrid, Seville, and Salamanca, including works by Titian, Goya, Rubens, Rembrandt, Ingres, Renoir, and many more.
Infanta Margarita in a Blue Dress: A Masterwork by Velázquez from Vienna
July 25–November 1, 2015
The Meadows Museum hosts the Kunsthistorisches’ Portrait of the Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Blue Dress (1659) by Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660). One of the artist’s final portraits and executed one year before his death, this work depicts the Infanta Margarita, daughter of Philip IV and Mariana of Austria, who is also prominently featured in Velázquez’s masterpiece Las Meninas (1656), painted just three years earlier. As the royal couple’s first child, the Infanta was promised to her uncle and cousin, Emperor Leopold I, whom she married in Vienna, testifying to the intimate dynastic connection between the Spanish and Austrian branches of the Habsburg Empire.