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Bacon exhibition to open at Madrid's Prado

Spain's Crown Prince Felipe will on Monday open a retrospective LAW, RETROSPECTIVE. A retrospective law is one that is to take effect, in point of time, before it was passed.
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 of over 60 works by British artist Francis Bacon at the Prado museum Prado Museum

Spain's national art museum, housing the world's greatest collection of Spanish painting as well as other European works. Founded in Madrid in 1818 by Ferdinand VII, it was opened to the public in 1819 as the Royal Museum of Painting.
 in Madrid, the city where he died at the age of 82.

Prado director Miguel Zugaza said displaying the paintings by Bacon -- known for his depictions of twisted forms, mottled mottled /mot·tled/ (mot´ld) marked by spots or blotches of different colors or shades.  flesh and screaming mouths -- had an "extraordinary emotional charge" because of his links to the city.

The show will run until April 19 and includes archival documents found in his tiny studio after his 1992 death.

During his frequent visits to Madrid, Bacon was a regular visitor to the Prado where he especially liked to admire works by Spanish masters Francisco Goya and Diego Velazquez, said the show's curator CURATOR, persons, contracts. One who has been legally appointed to take care of the interests of one who, on account of his youth, or defect of his understanding, or for some other cause, is unable to attend to them himself.
, Manuela Mena.

"He would ask for the doors to be opened on the days when the museum was closed so as to be able to study the works," she said.

As an example of the influence of the Spanish masters on Bacon's work, the exhibit highlights his numerous paintings that were inspired by Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent There have been thirteen popes named Innocent.
  1. Pope Innocent I, saint (401-417)
  2. Pope Innocent II (1130-1143)
  3. Pope Innocent III (1198-1216)
  4. Pope Innocent IV (1243-1254)
  5. Pope Innocent V (1276)
  6. Pope Innocent VI (1352-1362)

The retrospective was first held at London's Tate museum between September 11 and January 4. After closing at the Prado it will be staged at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art between May 18 and August 16.
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