The exhibition features 72 works from the Prado National Museum and 15 other lenders (including the Mauritshuis in The Hague, the National Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum in New York).
The traditional and long-standing idea of art created in different parts of Europe is that it is noticeably different: for example, Velazquez is “very Spanish” and Rembrandt is “very Dutch.” This view is based on the excessive influence that the nationalist thinking and ideology of the XIX and XX centuries had on our understanding of art. Studies of the period attached great importance to the idea that each nation had its own national character, as a result of which the idea that these differences manifest themselves in the art of each country became widespread. This perspective functioned to minimize the features common to European artists.
"The unity of Western painting is one of the great realities, revealing the unity of European culture."