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Goya: Luces y Sombras. Obras Maestras del Museo del Prado
Goya: Lights and Shadows. Masterpieces of the Museo del Prado

Saturday 22 October 2011 - Sunday 29 January 2012
9:30 am- 5:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays (except open on 2 January and 9 January) , Wednesday 28 December 2011 to Sunday 1 January 2012, and on Tuesday 10 January 2012.
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art,
Museo Nacional del Prado, The Yomiuri Shimbun
Patronized by:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
The Embassy of Spain in Japan
With the Special Sponsorship of:
With the Sponsorship of:
Kao Corporation,
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Toray Industries, Inc.
Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
Collaborated by:
Air France, Instituto Cervantes de Tokio,
The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees:
Adults 1,500 yen, College students 1,200 yen, High school students 800 yen
Discount fees for groups of 20 or more:
Adults 1,300 yen, College students 1,000 yen, High school students 650 yen
Advance purchase:
Adults 1,300 yen, College students 1,000yen, High school students 650 yen

Advance purchase tickets available from Thursday 1 September 2011until Friday 21 October 2011.
Full admission fees apply from Saturday 22 October 2011.

For ticket sales from other than the museum's own ticket office, see the exhibition website.(Japanese only)

Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge. Disabled visitors admitted free of charge, with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
Clothed Maja

Clothed Maja ca.1800-07
Oil on canvas
Archivo Fotográfico, Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid

Francisco de Goya (1746–1828) - the Old Master from Spain whose acutely critical eye and intellectual acumen grasped the many diverse aspects of society and human psychology, all helping pave the path for modern painting. Goya's works stand as testament to Europe's age of great social upheavals, as they move us even today, two centuries later.

Goya rose from his humble beginnings as the son of a regional artisan to become court painter to King Charles IV of Spain. Goya's portraits of the royal family and members of their court won him great acclaim. As peace in Spain crumbled in the face of Napoleon's invasion, the elderly Goya came face to face with the suffering of the ordinary people caught up in war and chaos. His gaze then turned beyond reality, to the realm of dreams and visions, which led him to create unique works that can be said to herald the beginnings of modern painting. Goya's creative activities, supported by an unquenchable curiosity about the human condition, continued undiminished throughout his 82 years of life.

This exhibition presents a selection of oil paintings and drawings, 72 in total from the Museo del Prado in Madrid, long renowned as a treasure trove of European painting, along with 51 prints from the collection of the NMWA and other museums in Japan. Focusing on the themes of light and shadow, this exhibition explores Goya's pictorial arts from different vantage points, as it endeavors to get to the heart of his creative genius.

Don Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos
Don Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos 1798
Oil on canvas
Archivo Fotográfico, Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid

The butterfly bull
The butterfly bull. Album G, 53. 1824 - 1828
Black chalk and pencil on grayish laid paper
Archivo Fotográfico, Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid


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