November 27, 2020

The cycle ‘Looks at the Collection’ stops at the work ‘Virgin with the child’


The Casa de Colón celebrates next November 17, at 7:00 p.m., a new edition of the series Looks at the Collection, with the piece Virgin with the child by the Neapolitan painter Luis Meléndez, a work dated in the 18th century that is deposited by the Museo de El Prado in the American center managed by the Cabildo Gran Canaria. This activity will have free entry, although it requires prior registration.

José Concepción Rodríguez, doctor in History of Art, will be responsible for directing this activity, in which the artistic quality of the creator Luis Egidio Meléndez (Naples, 1716 – Madrid, 1780), a Spanish painter of Italian origin known for his be one of the most prominent specialists in painting still lifes, although he also stood out for his mastery of the portrait technique.

This oil on canvas has been part of the Casa de Colón collection since its creation, thanks to the deposit made by the Museo Nacional del Prado by ministerial order of July 31, 1940. It should be remembered that there are 14 works in the Casa de Colón from the Museo Nacional del Prado, among which a 17th-century San Andrés by José de Ribera stands out.

Doctor in Art History from the University of La Laguna (1992), José Concepción González has been teaching in Secondary Education and at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

His research is especially limited to the scope of the Old Regime in the Canary Islands. Among them are his Doctoral Thesis, entitled The artistic patronage in the Canary Islands during the 18th century (1995, Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria), as well as various articles and books in collaboration, such is the case of Art, society and power: the House of the colonels, The viewpoint towers of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Atlantic vocation and bourgeois splendor or The artistic manifestations in Lanzarote, currently in press.

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