Works by the Spanish master Diego
Velazquez are on show in Bayonne at the Basque Museum.
It marks a considerable, yet worthwhile investment for the museum.
Oliver Ribeton is from the Basque Museum and central to the show:" The insurance is huge. The scenic furnishing is superb and the paintings have never been seen here before." The exhibition focuses on the so-called Peace of the Pyrenees of 1659 a treaty that ended nearly thirty years of war between France and Spain. The pact was contingent upon the royal marriage of the Spanish princess María Teresa, to French king Louis XIV.
Culturebox) May 30, 2016
Javier Portas is from the Prado in Madrid:
“Thanks to this painting Maria Teresa gets to know for the first time the face of her future husband. She liked to walk by this painting and say to her maids of honour, ‘look, here is my future husband.’
As a court painter, Velazquez recorded the major events of a turbulent time.
The exhibition runs until September 25th at the Basque Museum of Bayonne.