Exhibition on Ventura Rodríguez: the architect of the Enlightenment.

Ventura Rodríguez

Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (Madrid) from the exhibition “Ventura Rodríguez, architect of the Enlightenment”. It is organized by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Community of Madrid on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the birth of this Spanish architect, a key figure in the history of Spanish architecture of the 18th century.

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Among the jewels that can be seen in this exhibition is the canvas of El infante Don Luis Antonio de Borbón by Francisco de Goya or the plan and elevation of the Holy Chapel of the Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza. Also the Ornament of the Puerta del Sol on the occasion of the entry of Carlos III in Madrid, in 1760, attributed to Lorenzo Quirós around 1760-1763. The exhibition also shows us the drawings that reflect the excellent technique of the Madrid master, such as the Fountain of Neptune from 1777 on laid paper, pencil, pen, black ink and grey gouache.

Exhibition of Ventura Rodriguez

In this exhibition of Ventura Rodríguez, we will be able to understand the complexity of this genius, being able to observe his professional evolution: his first projects, during the reign of Fernando VI, and the work he carried out later. Ventura Rodríguez covered an enormous variety of architectural typologies: he worked from church projects and constructions, interventions in altars, convents, and cathedrals to public works and civil architecture.

His numerous drawings are preserved in institutions such as the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, the National Library of Madrid or the Accademia di San Luca in Rome, as well as in the Museum of History of the City of Madrid, in its Municipal Archive Museum or in the National Historical Archive, Royal Palace Archive and other public and private collections. He was undoubtedly an artist with great skill and sensitivity.

Some of the outstanding works of Ventura Rodríguez

Master Mayor of the Villa from 1764 until the end of his life, he left a mark of his style in numerous buildings and corners of the community of Madrid, with such emblematic works as the Cibeles, Apolo and Neptune fountains in the Paseo del Prado. , the church of San Marcos or the palace of the infante don Luis de Borbón in Boadilla del Monte.

Other works by Ventura Rodríguez are scattered throughout the rest of the country with such outstanding examples as the Holy Chapel of the Basilica del Pilar in Zaragoza, the façade of the cathedral in Pamplona or the convent of the Filipino Augustinian Fathers in Valladolid.

The exhibition is divided into five sections organized chronologically and thematically. More than 150 magnificent original pieces, some of them unpublished, from national and international institutions, and distributed private collections that will offer a vital journey from his formative stage to the development of his personal style. The design of the museum has been carried out by the architect Juan Pablo Rodríguez Frade, National Prize for Conservation and Restoration.

It will take place in the Temporary Exhibition Hall of the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts and is curated by Delfín Rodríguez, professor at the Complutense University of Madrid.

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