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Madrid hosts an exhibition on Ventura Rodríguez

By | 15 January, 2018 | 0 comments


Buenaventura Rodríguez Tizón, better known as Ventura Rodríguez, was one of the most important architects of the Eighteenth Century. His legacy comprises a large number of buildings located all over Spain and, in particular, in Madrid. His fountains of Cibeles, Neptune and Apollo are just some of his most famous works, unmistakeable symbols of Madrid known around the world. Today, the San Fernando Fine Arts Academy is organising an exhibition dedicated to the artist and his work to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his birth.

His work, a mixture of Baroque and Neoclassicism, uniquely integrated Roman and French influence in Spanish architectural tradition during the reign of King Ferdinand VI although during the reign of Charles III, Sabatini ousted him from his position of royal preference. Nevertheless, Rodríguez continued to work as the Maestro Mayor (Senior Master) from 1764, combining his position as Director of Architecture of the San Fernando Royal Academy with his work for the Council and the Chamber of Castile.

The exhibition shows 150 original works, some of them previously unreleased, from private collections and national and international institutions, drawing a route from his beginnings as an architect to the reign of Ferdinand VI and finishing with the works commissioned by Charles III.

Among his most interesting works are part of works he projected but did not build, the painting of Prince Louis of Bourbon, the floor and elevation of the chapel of the Basilica of El Pilar in Zaragoza and the ornament of Puerta del Sol to commemorate the arrival of King Charles III in the city.

Information of interest:

  • Calle Alcalá 13, 28014, Madrid.
  • Free entrance
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday, mornings and afternoons.
  • Open mornings only on Sunday and holidays.
  • Closed: Mondays, December 24, December 31, January 6.

If you would like to see the exhibition on Ventura Rodríguez in Madrid, you have until April 8 to come and visit.

Categories: Madrid Cultura

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