Until 17 July 2005.
The Museo del Prado presents Carraccis masterpiece 'Venus, Adonis y Cupido'. A contemporary of Caravaggio, Annibale Carracci (1560-1609) was known as an erotic and sensual visionary whose works were for many years only shown in private homes. This exhibition celebrates one of his finest paintings, bought by Felipe IV for his private collection, together with X-rays of the painting. These, by way of example, show changes made by Carracci to the head of Adonis. Besides the preparatory sketches for the painting, the exhibition also displays other versions of the mythological lovers Venus and Adonis by Titian and Verons as well as other sketches by Carracci. According to the director of El Prado, Miguel Zugaza, this is the most extraordinary sequence of paintings about love ever brought together.