If only museums could talk! This stunning new event film featuring Jeremy Irons would like to do just that: let the Prado speak for itself. Celebrating its 200th birthday in 2019, the Prado Museum tells the story of its life, and takes you on a spectacular journey in Madrid covering six centuries of Spanish history. History told through art, through the eight thousand masterpieces housed in the Museum’s collections, and the story behind each one.
The first cinematic journey through the rooms, stories and emotions of one of the most visited museums in the world. Its wealth of over 8000 art treasures is a spell-binding experience drawing almost 3 million visitors to Madrid every year. A painting is canvas, colour, matter, and form, but it is also the story of men and women, painters and kings, palaces and queens, wealth and misery, body and soul.
The paintings in the Prado reflect a unique epic era, that gave rise to one of the most important museums in the world. This is a collection put together more with the heart than the head, because kings and queens chose only what they loved. It is an inventory of tastes and pleasures that tells the story of public events, dynasties, cardinals, wars and coalitions. It is also an inventory of private matters: a wedding, a lavishly laid table, the madness of a queen.
Italy 2019, 92 min, exempt
Directed by Valeria Parisi
Narrated by Jeremy Irons