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You Won't Want to Miss This Open-Air Traveling Exhibit in Intramuros

The Prado Museum in Intramuros is on its last few days inside the walled city of Manila.
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One mustn’t miss “The Prado Museum in Intramuros,” now on its last few days inside the walled city of Manila.

Organized by The Prado Museum, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, the Embassy of Spain in the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, and the Intramuros Administration, the exhibit features life-size reproductions of the Prado Museum’s artistic treasures displayed in the open air.


The traveling show, composed of high-definition photographic prints, first opened in April at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati before moving to its current location at Plaza Roma. There are 53 facsimiles of art works from the Madrid museum on display, representing the artistic movements of the 12th to 19th centuries. Included in the who’s who of artists are the Spaniards Goya and Velazquez; Italians Botticelli and Caravaggio; Flemings Rubens, Van Dyck, and Bosch; Dutchman Rembrandt; and German Dürer.

Proudly standing alongside these titans of art are the works of Philippine masters Juan Luna and Félix Resurrección Hidalgo. Of great importance is Luna’s Cleopatra, a silver medalist in the 1881 Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes held in Madrid. This work, alongside a few more by the artist (whose 160th birth anniversary is celebrated this October), hangs in the Prado museum to this day.

Plaza Roma, Intramuros; 526.1482; [email protected]; manila.cervantes.es; facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesManila.

This story was originally published in the September 2017 issue of Town&Country.

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