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Ventura Rodríguez. Architect of the Enlightenment

Ventura Rodríguez, Fountain of Cibeles, 1777. Drawing on laid paper in pencil, pen, black ink, and grisaille wash, 795 x 570 mm. Madrid, Museum of the History of Madrid, IN. 1504.

The exhibition is an homage to Ventura Rodríguez, one of the most important and influential architects of 18th century Spain, on the third centenary of his birth. It is held in the temporary exhibition hall.

The creator of such iconic projects as the Santa Capilla in Zaragoza’s Basilica of the Pillar, and the Cybele and Neptune fountains in Madrid, Ventura Rodríguez is a major figure in the history of Spanish architecture. The exhibition gathers over 150 original pieces, many of which have never before been exhibited or published, organised into five subject areas covering his entire career and works. It reveals the great skill and sensitivity of the architect’s drawings, and the diversity of his architectural projects.

It includes a virtual reconstruction, shown for the first time, of the unbuilt project he presented to the Accademia di San Luca in 1748 in thanks for his nomination to the Academy, the greatest recognition of merit an architect could attain in that era.

Optional guided tours for all ages are also offered, which require registration on the website

Exhibition organized by the Consejería de Cultura, Turismo y Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid, the Secretaría de Estado de Cultura del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte and the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando.

General information

Dec 21, 2017 to Apr 8, 2018


Location and contact

San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts Museum

Calle Alcalá, 13
28014 Madrid
Telephone  +34 915240864
Fax  +34 915241034

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