The National Museum of Fine Arts in this capital is exhibiting from today to April 30 the relevance of the portrait in 18th-century England.
According to curator Carlos Vicente Fernández, the most important contribution of the British school of painting to the history of art was precisely this genre.
The display, comprised of 18 works of the private funds of the institution, includes creations of the most prominent English artists of the 1700's, and is a journey through the stages the art of portraiture in that European nation went through.
Fernandez explained in a recent news conference that the way to paint this genre transcended the borders of the country because, by its own merits, it became a reference for artists from the rest of the world. The temporary hall of the fourth level of the Universal Art section will house the works by Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, George Rommey and Godfrey Kneller, among other great British painters, who created codes of their own school, with elegance and illustrative details of the individual's status.
Fernandez said the exhibition is entitled 'The English Face: The Change in the 18th-Century Portrait'.
Most of paintings were made in oil on canvas technique, although it also includes the modality of portrait taken to other techniques of the period, such as engraving and pastel painting. / PL