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The lavatory of Ferdinand VII at sight at the Museo del Prado

Madrid / The private room of the Museo del Prado for the monarchy until 1865, resting place of the different Spanish monarchs since the opening of the art gallery in 1819, now relives those moments with almost all its realism, which has forced to include the lavatory of Ferdinand VII.

 

 
“Their Majesties’ retiring room” is the name of this exhibition which from Monday until November 24 can be visited in the room 39 of the Museo del Prado, a space that recovers “largely” the majority of paintings that hung here from 1828, a total of 44 of the 54 that had in origin.

“This room was almost exclusively used by monarchs, its paintings didn’t appear in the catalogs and were not in view of the visitors”, explained the curator of this project created on the occasion of the bicentennial of the Museo del Prado, the conservative Pedro J. Martinez

Specifically, this room in which hang paintings like the “Ferdinand VII swear the Oath as Prince of Asturias”, by Luis Paret (1791), or the portrait of Charles III, by Anton Rafael Mengs (1765), is located in the first plant of the museum and was created in 1928 for the rest of the monarch Ferdinand VII and his relatives.

“In every rest room a toilet is essential,” said Andres Ubeda, Deputy Director of Conservation and Research of the National Gallery, referring to the room attached to the main room, the original location of this area for family hygiene, and where is the authentic toilet that Angel Maeso made for the king in 1830: the “only original piece of furniture” that has survived from this period has stood out.

Evocation of the original image of the museum

But if “Their Majesties’ retiring room is also responsible for one of the most outstanding projects of the bicentennial is because among the “needs” of this event was to “evoke” what the museum was like at birth and “to attract attention” on the Royal Collection, its “core foundation”, in the words of Ubeda.

And for this, it wasn’t only important to have the content, but also to remember the continent.

Thus, the curator of the exhibition has described, they have painted the cherry-colored walls, the one used for the “palatine collections”, and the paintings have been placed in their original arrangement, so that all the walls have been covered with Canvases

“This has been one of the main problems,” Martinez acknowledged, “and for the public to see the paintings we have taken into account the lighting of the room and the pitch of the works.”

As they have concluded, the portrait of the family of Charles IV by Goya, currently exhibited in room 32, was one of those who were also in this resting room, but due to its size it has not been moved. (April 12, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, el texto habla de... (Mainly, the text talks about...)
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una exposición sobre todo el reinado de Fernando VII.
B
una muestra sobre el lugar donde descansaban los monarcas españoles.
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todos los pintores que retrataron a Fernando VII.
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Según el texto, el Museo del Prado... (According to the text, the Museo del Prado...)  
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contaba en sus orígenes con una sala para el descanso de los reyes.
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hasta ahora jamás tuvo una salita para el descanso de los monarcas.
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incorporará una salita para que los monarcas puedan descansar.
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Sobre las piezas que se exhiben se dice que... (About the pieces exhibited, it's said...)  
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todas están relacionadas con la higiene y el aseo personal.
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no hay ninguna que esté relacionada con la higiene.
C
está el retrete que utilizaba Fernando VII.
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En el texto se dice que el visitante... (In the text it's said the visitor...)    
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verá la mayoría de los cuadros que estaban originariamente en esa sala.
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no verá ningún cuadro que decoró esa sala en su origen.
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verá ver todos los cuadros que en su origen decoraron esa sala.
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Un 'retrete' es... (A 'retrete' is...)  
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un inodoro.
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un lavabo.
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una bañera.
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'Monarca' es lo mismo que... ('Monarca' is the same thing that...)  
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rey.
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duque.
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príncipe.
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El artículo determinado para 'mueble' es: (The determined article for 'mueble' is:)      
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la
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el
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lo
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al lenguaje.
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al gusto.
C
al palacio.
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