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EL GRECO, DA VINCI AND CRYSTAL PYRAMID, PROTAGONISTS AT LOUVRE MUSEUM IN 2019

Paris / The Louvre Museum announced its programming for 2019 when the institution will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its Crystal Pyramid and the fifth centenary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci with an exhibition dedicated to the Italian genius and another to El Greco, the last great Renaissance painter.

The pyramid, which decorates the square of the museum that serves as an entrance, was designed by the Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei within the “Grand Louvre” project with which the former president François Mitterand returned to the museum the entirety of the former palace real, until then partially occupied by the Ministry of Finance.

A mediatic and controversial project which questioned the meaning of an innovative creation in the heart of a historical monument, but that today has merged with its identity.

To celebrate it, starting on March 29, 2019, the museum will organize in the so-called ‘Patio de Napoleón’, where the work is located, activities for families, concerts, colloquiums, dance shows and a photography exhibition.

The two major exhibitions of the year will be dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, between October 24 and February 24, 2020, and to El Greco, from October 14 to February 10, 2020.

500 years after the death of da Vinci, in the French town of Amboise (centre) where he had moved three years before as the first painter, architect and engineer of King François I.

The exhibition will highlight the Louvre’s own collection, the most important of Da Vinci worldwide with five paintings, including “La Gioconda” and “Virgin ot the Rocks”, and 22 drawings, presented together with sculptures and creations of the artist’s environment.

“It’s the result of ten years of work thanks to a renewed scientific examination of the paintings of the Louvre and the restoration of three of them, which have allowed us to better understand his artistic practice and his pictorial technique,” the museum said in a statement.

Access will be possible only by reservation in a time slot.

In addition, the exhibition about El Greco (1541-1614), of Greek origin but who developed most of his career in Spain, will show how he imported to the Peninsula “the colour of Titian, the audacity of Tintoretto and the plastic force of Miguel Angel”.

“This eloquent synthesis, original but coherent with his career, gives to Greco, who died four years after Caravaggio, a particular position in the history of painting: that of the last great master of the Renaissance and the first great painter of the Golden Age” said the Louvre.

The exhibition, coordinated with the Art Institute of Chicago, will link his work with the tradition of modernity, in cubism, expressionism and abstraction, among other movements influenced by his work. (December 24, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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La noticia habla...  
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del número de visitantes del Museo del Louvre.
B
de unas actividades previstas en el Museo del Louvre.
C
de unos estudios sobre arte.
Question 2
Esas actividades...  
A
se harán dentro de un par de años.
B
ya se están realizando.
C
se realizarán el año que viene.
Question 3
Según el texto, en el Museo del Louvre...  
A
habrá una gran exposición sobre pintores barrocos.
B
habrá una gran exposición dedicada a da Vinci.
C
acaba de haber una exposición sobre da Vinci.
Question 4
En 2019 se conmemorará...  
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el 500 aniversario del nacimiento de da Vinci.
B
el 500 aniversario de la muerte de da Vinci.
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el quinto centenario de la realización de 'La Gioconda'.
Question 5
Sobre la exposición sobre da Vinci se dice que...  
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solo se centrará en "La Gioconda".
B
se podrán ver obras restauradas.
C
solo se podrán ver dibujos pero no cuadros.
Question 6
Sobre El Greco se dice que...  
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se descarta su influencia en algún movimiento artístico.
B
influyó mucho en la obra de Tintoretto.
C
logró sintetizar aspectos de otros grandes pintores.
Question 7
El Greco es un pintor cubista.  
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Falso.
B
Verdadero.
C
No se sabe.
Question 8
En el vídeo se habla de...  
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la pirámide de cristal del Louvre.
B
la historia del Museo del Louvre.
C
la construcción de una nueva pirámide de cristal.
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Según el vídeo,  esa pirámide...  
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no está relacionada con el mundo del arte.
B
está considerada como un icono de la cultura.
C
se construyó a finales de los años 90.
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En la noticia, 'cubismo' es...  
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un movimiento artístico del siglo XX.
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el nombre de una obra de El Greco.
C
un cubo muy grande.
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Un sinónimo de 'vincular' es...  
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'asociar'.
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'destapar'.
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'desunir'.
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Lo contrario de 'coherente' es...  
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'ilógico'.
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'congruente'.
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'razonable'.
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