A MAGNIFICENT display of paintings by the talented renaissance artist, Fray Juan Bautista Maíno will be on show at the National Gallery in London next week. The exhibition, Maíno’s Adorations: Heaven on Earth will display, “The Adoration of the Shepherds and The Adoration of the Kings from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, two paintings never to have been shown in Britain before.
These highly significant paintings display are some of the earliest examples of Spanish painting influenced by the work of Caravaggio. Maíno’s Adorations: Heaven on Earth coincides with the National Gallery’s major exhibition, Beyond Caravaggio which opens next month.
Maíno, the son of a silk merchant was born in the Spanish town of Pastrana, a centre for silk-weaving. The opulent silks and fine gold brocades in Maíno’s paintings display his familiarity and understanding of the textiles traded at the time. The realistic quality attributed to the artist’s work was achieved by chiaroscuro, an expert rendering of light and shade pioneered by Caravaggio. The National Gallery director, Dr Gabriele Finaldi said, “Maíno’s Adorations were painted over four hundred years ago but the brightness of the palette, the variety of people represented and the combination of naturalism and artificiality, give the paintings a surprisingly modern look. Maíno, a friend of Velázquez deserves to be much better known.”
by Miranda Charalambous
Maíno’s Adorations: Heaven on Earth opens from September 28, 2016 to 29 January 2017 at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
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Front page image: Fray Juan Bautista Maíno, The Adoration of the Kings, 1612 – 1614, oil on canvas, 315 x 174.5 cm, Museo Nacional del Prado © Museo Nacional del Prado, MadridTags: brocade > Dr Gabriele Finaldi > exhibition > Juan Bautista Maíno > London > Madrid > Museo Nacional del Prado > National Gallery > naturalism > renaissance > textiles > Velázquez