Clara Peeters to Take Over Museo del Prado

Flemish art collection comes to Madrid to display the first generation of European still-life artists

November 11th, 2016
Rubén Santiago, CD News

For the first time in Madrid, the collection ‘The Art of Clara Peeters’ is showing 15 of her finest masterpieces, emphasizing her exquisite work as one of the earliest Dutch female artists to have an influence in the modern era.

‘The Art of Clara Peeters’ is a retrospective exhibition of Clara Peeters at the popular Museo del Prado. Masterpieces such as ‘1611’ and ‘Table with Orange’ are shown to delight visitors, who can also enjoy the works of art created by this mysterious woman.

Her style is centred around still-life paintings on dark backgrounds, which are very detailed and textured, and are often painted from low vantage perspectives. Her pictures are a symbol of the painters of the Golden Dutch Era.

Her exhibition has made a great impression, and even the mayor of the capital of Spain wrote a tweet highlighting the work of this painter, saying: “The Prado Museum exhibits, for the first time, the work of Clara Peeters. Thrilling. The deft look of a woman of the 17th century”.

Not many details are known about the life of Clara Peeters, although it is known that she was baptized in Antwerp in 1594 and got married in 1632. As her first pieces of art were created between 1607 and 1608, it is likely that she, being 14 years old at that time, would have been taught by a master. However, she rapidly gained influence during the 17th century, as she was a pioneer artist in Flemish still-life painting.

The Prado is one of the main attractions of the capital of Spain and is one of the best art galleries in the world. The museum holds permanent exhibitions of some of the finest Spanish art alongside international exhibitions. It is a symbol for those who love the finest arts, both locally and beyond Spanish borders.

Along its corridors, visitors can find masterpieces from Velázquez, Goya, El Greco, Rembrandt or Van Dyck. It is fitting that a Flemish artist like Clara Peeters has an exhibition dedicated to her, as there is a strong history between Flemish and Spanish artists.

The exhibition, which has already started, is being held at the Museo del Prado (Paseo del Prado s/n) in Madrid from 25th October to 19th February.


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