Posted by: Debra Kolkka | July 23, 2012

Masterpieces from the Prado at the Queensland Art Gallery

100 masterpieces from the Prado in Madrid are on display right now at the Queensland Art Gallery. I was there on opening day to see them. The exhibition tells the story of Spanish painting from 1550 to 1900 and it is the first time these works have been seen in Australia.


Photographs are not allowed inside the exhibition, so I will just show you around the edges.


The entrance.


This is actually a huge photo of the entrance to the Prado, which is at the entrance to the exhibition.

Sections of the gallery have been painted red for the exhibition.




I particularly love the huge flower arrangement in the foyer to represent the gorgeous still life paintings inside.



La Sala del Prado is a large scale lounge environment constructed in gallery beside the exhibition where you can sit and relax, have a snack at the cafe or draw your own still life with coloured pencils or multimedia tablets. It looks a bit empty in my photos, but I was early, it filled up very quickly.





There is no shortage of inspiration for your still life.





The exhibition runs from 21st July until 4th November 2012. Don’t miss it.

In conjunction with ‘Portrait of Spain’ there is a retrospective of films by Pedro Almodovar and a historical program 100 years of Spanish Cinema at GoMA cinema.

Check the website for details……







  1. Wonderful, I must get in to have a look

    • You must go, it is a wonderful exhibition.

  2. I really don’t want to miss that. Is the last photo a picture or a flower arrangement? It’s very lovely. I really want to borrow somebody’s grandchild and visit the Odditoreum at the library too.

    • The last photo is a flower arrangement…isn’t it gorgeous?

  3. Oh, and banana flowers! Aren’t they beautiful.

    • I love those tiny bananas.

  4. Excellent. Of course it reminds me of our trip to Madrid. We arrived early Saturday morning with the hopes of staying as busy as possible as long as possible in order to adjust to the time change … and then there we were, falling asleep standing up in the Prado at 1 pm because we were so tired.

    • I know the feeling, but staying up as late as possible on the first day is the best way to adjust to a new time zone.

  5. Lovely photographs! You captured the flavor of the paintings and the Prado so well. We had the good fortune to have spent 2 whole days in the Prado on a trip to Madrid. The Titians were to die for. Complimenti!

    • Lucky you. It was closed the day we were there. Seeing some of the paintings here in Brisbane is a compensation.

  6. I can’t believe they’ve brought these to Australia – brilliant! The Prado one one of the highlights of Madrid for us.

    • The Brisbane art gallery does an amazing job. We get the best stuff from all over the world.

  7. Oh Debra…you are so lucky to be there to see this exhibition. I’ve always wanted to visit The Prado after reading Betty Churcher’s latest book in which she describes the brilliance of “Las Meninas”/The Maids of Honour painted Diego Velåzquez. What a masterpiece this is!! The Louvre is still extraordinary with its Rubens, Vermeers, Rembrandts, Picassos et al…but, if I was home, this would be at the top of my TO DO list. A bientot.

    • It is on until November, will you be home by then?

  8. What an unusual exhibition! 😀

    • The paintings are gorgeous, you should come to Brisbane to see it.

  9. LOVE the red.

    • It is a wonderful gallery and their exhibitions are fabulous.

  10. A great exhibition, not to be missed.

    • I have a season pass and intend to go often.

  11. I bet the pictures were magnificent – the flower displays are gorgeous.

    • I would love to be able to show you some of the paintings, but I behaved myself and kept my camera in my handbag.

  12. What a beautiful museum. And it sounds like a wonderful exhibit, as well. Too bad they don’t allow photos inside.

    • It is a pity they don’t allow photos inside, I would love to show you some of the beautiful things

  13. I love a Spanish still life too Debra! The whole thing looks to be beautifully curated. This would be a wonderful exhibition for a winter’s afternoon…

    • It is a beautiful exhibition. i will be there a few times before I go back to Italy.

  14. I’ve always wanted to see these pieces of work. Love exhibitions.

    • The Queensland Art Gallery does an excellent job getting interesting things for us to see.

  15. The Queensland Gallery always presents an exhibition so beautifully. The La Sala del Prado is a great idea- I love the clever way they have still life options dotted around should you be inclined to pick up a pencil

    • They did something similar with the Matisse exhibition recently with the Drawing Room. They always do a great job with the exhibitions.

  16. I noticed that you have a popular blogs. I was wondering if you want to take it to the next level?

  17. I was going to suggest a catchup coffee at GoMa and see this exhibition but you have beaten me to it! It looks quite spectacular and I keep missing them.Let me know if you want to go back. chris

    • I have a season pass, I have already been back and would love to meet you there soon.

  18. cool:

  19. Wow! I cannot wait to see that exhibition, already have several friends suggesting a day trip to the gallery.

    • The exhibition is wonderful, I’m sure you will enjoy it.

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