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In Lapide Depictum. 9 paintings on monochrome stone by Italian painters
The Museo del Prado is presenting an exceptional exhibition in terms of both the unusual nature of the material and its fragility, due to which some of the works on display are scarcely known to the public.
IN LAPIDE DEPICTUM. Italian painting on stone, 1530-1555, shown in Room D of the Jerónimos Building until 5 August, brings together a selection of nine paintings on monochrome stone (slate and white marble) by Italian painters such as Sebastiano del Piombo, Titian, Daniele da Volterra and Leandro Bassano, which reflect the consolidation of a new approach to artistic techniques that emerged in the early decades of the 16th century.
They are displayed alongside classical Roman works and specimens of natural stone that provide a context for the relationship between painting and natural history, geology and archaeology.
Three of the works from the Prado’s own collection selected for the exhibition have undergone lengthy and complex restoration, funded by Fundación Iberdrola España as Protector Sponsor of the Museum’s Restoration Programme.
Top Image: Ecce Homo TIZIANO, Vecellio di Gregorio Oil on slate 69 x 56 cm 1547 Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado