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Inhabitants of the museum: The Infanta Margarita Maria, a tragic icon

When Velázquez painted Las Meninas in 1656, the most revolutionary portrait of a Royal Family until that moment until that moment, the Infanta Margarita Maria Teresa of Austria, who at that time was 5 years old, was heiress to the Spanish Crown. In that moment, her brother Carles, hadn’t yet been born but was the one who would end up reigning and who, due to his fragile state of health, would be known by the nickname of The Bewitched. But when Velázquez produced what would be his major masterpiece, Margarita was the guarantee of the continuity of the Austria in ...

Inhabitants of the Museum: Pepe-Hillo, an authentic bullfighter

In our series about  the inhabitants of the Museu Picasso of Barcelona, we would like to dedicate this article to José Delgado Guerra, better known as Pepe-Hillo (sometimes written without the either the ‘h’ or the hyphen: Pepe Illo), who apart from being a key figure in the evolution of bullfighting, also achieved major popularity with his rather unorthodox style.

Inhabitants of the Museum: Yvette Guilbert

On occasion of the presentation, this September, of a selection of works from the Musée d’Orsay within the context of our permanent collection, which we have given the title of “Picasso discovers Paris”, we want to enlarge our gallery of inhabitants of the museum with a biographical profile of the singer, actress and composer Yvette Guilbert. Star of the chanson from the end of the 19th century, Guilbert is most likely the protagonist of two of the paintings that Picasso did on his first trips to the French capital: «The End of the Number» and «The Fortuneteller».

Inhabitants of the Museum: Benedetta Bianco, Mrs Canals

In a previous post, we already talked to you about the origin of Mrs. Canals, one of the most outstanding portraits of the collection of the Museu Picasso of Barcelona, which the artist from Malaga painted in the autumn of 1905 while he was living in Paris.  But, without putting to one side the relation with Picasso, on this occasion we want to delve in a little more into the figure of a woman who also appears in works of other artists of the period, and who would often become the heart and soul of parties.

The inhabitants of the museum: Fernande Olivier, Picasso’s first muse

Fernande Olivier is another of the inhabitants of the museum to be found housed within the Picasso museum. She is known for having been Picasso’s first muse and for having written two books about their relationship. The story of Olivier is so intense that it has even been recently re-told by the author Isabel Clara-Simó.