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Published on : Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Tourism and Major Events Minister Louise Asher said today Melbourne has never seen such a remarkable exhibition of Old Masters including Raphael, Correggio, Titian, Tintoretto, the Carracci, Poussin and Tiepolo.
Securing an exhibition of this significance cements Melbourne as Australia’s cultural home, Ms Asher said.
She said over one hundred works will be exhibited, comprising paintings and drawings spanning three hundred years of Italian art, from the early 16th to the 18th centuries.
Reflecting the taste of the Spanish Royal Court, whose Kings and Courtiers avidly collected Italian art, visitors to the exhibition will be able to trace the stylistic development of Italian art across three centuries drawn from Italy’s key cultural centres including Rome, Venice and Naples.
In its eleventh year, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series has comprised some of the best exhibitions and collections from around the world.
These include The Impressionists (2004, The Dutch Masters (2005), Picasso: Love and War (2006), Guggenheim Collection (2007), Pixar 20 Years of Animation (2007), Art Deco: 1910-1939 (2008), Salvador Dali: Liquid Desire (2009), A Day in Pompeii (2009), European Masters from the Städel (2010), Tim Burton: The Exhibition (2010), Vienna: Art and Design (2011), Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs (2011), Napoleon: Revolution to Empire (2012), Game Masters (2012), Hollywood Costumes (2013) and Monet’s Garden (2013).
Ms Asher said exhibitions such as these deliver significant economic benefits to the state.
“The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series has generated over $318 million in economic benefit for Victoria, attracting more than 4 million visitors, “Ms Asher said.
Tourism remains a significant economic driver for Victoria, generating $19.1 billion a year or 5.8 per cent of the total Victorian economy. The tourism industry provides jobs for over 200,000 Victorians and contributes seven per cent of employment in tourism and other industries.
Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, Museo del Prado will be on display at the National Gallery of Victoria from 16 May until 31 August 2014 and will be presented alongside DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image as part of the 2014 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.