Organised by the Mª Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation and Cibeles Centre of Culture & Citizenship, the exhibition assembles 64 pieces of the Masaveu Collection, among which one can find works by El Greco, El Bosco, Murillo, Zurbarán or Alonso Cano.

From November 29 to May 25th 2014, a selection of the best masterpieces of the XIII to XIX century, hoarded by the Masaveu Collection, one of the most important private artistic funds in Spain, will be shown for the first time.

The exhibition, which will take place at the cultural space CentroCentro Cibeles of Madrid City Council, represents a unique opportunity to contemplate some of the best pieces of the Collection of that period, which have not been shown for more than one generation.

The exhibition assembles a total of 64 pieces, including paintings and sculptures, dated between the XIII and XIX centuries, which by their variety of formats, heterogeneity of origins and extraordinary quality, permits to create an authentic museum of image between the Romanesque and the Illustration. One will be able to contemplate from anonymous medieval masters to names of the Baroque, such as Murillo, Zurbarán or Alonso Cano, and also El Bosco or El Greco, apart from a select group of Flemish and Italian paintings, by painters such as Joos van Cleve the Old or Matthis Gerung.

Due to the social and ideological context in which they were produced, most of these works show a subject matter of religious and spiritual inspiration. Ángel Aterido, commissioner of the exhibition, has ordered them into three chronological chapters: “Wooden & Golden” , “Between the Gothic & the Renaissance” and “The Triumph of Canvass”.

Curator of the exhibition

Doctor in History of Art (Complutense University of Madrid), Master in Administration and Management of Foundations and Non-Profit Organisations (Autonomous University of Madrid) and Expert in design and setting up of exhibitions (CUM).

In his career as a researcher, he has preferably worked on the Spanish Baroque painting, paying special attention to social and iconographic aspects, collecting and the use of image in this period. Among his works, he has written many articles for collective volumes and magazines, not only national, but also foreign ones, on capital figures, such as Velázquez, Alonso Cano, Luca Giordano and Claudio Coello. He is the author of monographs on El bodegón en la España del Siglo de Oro (Still Life in the Spanish Golden Age) (2002) and José Ribera (2011). He has edited Corpus Velazqueño (Corpus Velázquez) (2000) and orpus Alonso Cano (2002), collections of all the documentation known on these artists published by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Sports. He has also directed the edition of the two volumes of Inventarios Reales. Colecciones de pinturas de pinturas de Felipe V e Isabel Farnesio (Royal Inventories. Collections of Paintings of Philip V & Elizabeth Farnese ) (Caja Madrid Foundation & Hispanic Art Foundation, 2004) and he has been scientific manager of the project Velázquez Digital for the Hispanic Europe Centre of Studies (2011-2012)..

Moreover, he has great experience in the exhibition area. He has commissioned the recent show Juan Fernández el Labrador. Naturalezas muertas (Juan Fernández the Peasant. Still Life), held at the Prado National Museum in 2013, also being the author of the catalogue. Previously he participated in the design of rooms and content of sections of the exhibitions: Reality. Arte spagnola della realtà (Potenza, Palazzo Loffredo, 2006-2007) and Alonso Cano (1601-1667). Art & Iconography (Granada, Ecclesiastical Curia, 2002). He has also contributed to the catalogues of nearly thirty exhibitions.

Since 2003, he has been a teacher of History of Art at the Centre of International Studies of the Ortega y Gasset-Marañón Foundation in Toledo. Since 2012, he has been the coordinator of the “Library” section of the Goya Magazine, edited by the Lázaro Galdiano Foundation.


The Masaveu Collection was born thanks to the passion for art and the patronage of a family who, together with their entrepreneurial, industrial and humanist spirit, has consolidated one of the most important private collections in Spain, from the Romanesque to the Contemporary Art, with innumerable masterpieces.

The business saga begins in Oviedo with Pedro Masaveu and his successor, Elías Masaveu Rivell, who opens the first Art Gallery in Asturias in the mid-nineteenth century. Later, Pedro Masaveu Masaveu starts the Collection and promotes a long tradition of patronage in art which has developed to the present days. In the XX century, his son, Pedro Masaveu Peterson, makes his own Collection. As he dies without offspring, his sister, María Cristina Masaveu, becomes the largest shareholder of the group and, therefore, she assumes the responsibility of both Collections.

Created by María Cristina Masaveu Peterson in 2006, the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation manages the Masaveu Collection, property of the business group. Like the other shareholders, the Foundation continues looking after the conservation and dissemination of the Collection.

The main aims of the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation are, on the one hand, the promotion, dissemination, conservation, revival and restoration of the Spanish Historic Heritage, of Music and Art in general. Likewise, they promote vocational training for young people by means of scholarships and other aid, looking after comprehensive, humane and professional learning. Moreover, the Foundation supports the advance of Science through aid to the research.

Centro Cibeles
Plaza de Cibeles, 1. 28014 Madrid
From 29 November, 2013 to June, 1, 2014
Number of visitors: 45.689