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In this special exhibition, the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza presents a small group of Spanish Old Master paintings as visual references for the designs by Cristóbal Balenciaga, arguably the most celebrated Spanish fashion designers of the 20th century. Curated by Eloy Martínez de la Pera, the exhibition juxtaposes archival pieces by Balenciaga, lent by the Museo Balenciaga in Guetaria, alongside a small group of Spanish Old Master paintings from Spain. 

 

 

 

Francisco de Zurbarán
Saint Casilda, ca. 1635
Oil on canvas. 171 x 107 cm
© Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Cristóbal Balenciaga
Dress and overskirt evening ensemble, ca. 1951
Cotton tulle dress embroidered with metallic thread over rayon satin, silk taffeta overskirt
Museo del Traje, Madrid

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Immaculate Conceptionca. 1680
Oil on copper
44 x 33.5 cm
Arango Collection

Cristóbal Balenciaga
Dress and shoulder cape with puffed ruffle evening ensemble, 1965
Silk gazar
Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, Getaria

El Greco 
The Annunciation, 1614
Oil on canvas
294 x 209 cm.
Banco Santander Collection

Cristóbal Balenciaga
Evening gown, 1960
Satin
Cristóbal Balenciaga Museoa, Getaria

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