Charles III. The External Image and Scientific Impact of an Enlightened Reign

16 de diciembre de 2016 - 26 de marzo de 2017

Organización: Acción Cultural Española y Museo Arqueológico Nacional

Comisario: Miguel Luque Talaván

Exposición Carlos III

Horario de visita:
Martes a sábado: 9:30 – 20:00
Domingos y festivos: 9:30 – 15:00

Entrada gratuita

Reserva de visitas autónomas para grupos Link externo

Visitas autónomas en grupos de 10 a 20 personas. Gratuito

Visitas guiadas

De martes a viernes, 12:00 y 18:00 (desde el 16 de diciembre al 24 de marzo, salvo festivos).

Actividad gratuita con aforo limitado. Adquiera su entrada desde una hora antes de la actividad en el mostrador de ENTRADAS.

Reunión en la Sala de exposiciones temporales 5 minutos antes de la visita.

Ciclo de conferencias (+Info y programa) Link externo

Carlos III. Proyección exterior y científica de un reinado ilustrado

Jueves, desde el 16 de febrero al 16 de marzo
Sala de conferencias, 19:00
Entrada libre y gratuita

 Visita virtual a la exposición Link externo

The MAN presents a new temporary exhibition which re-examines Charles III, the central figure in one of the great reigns of Spanish history. As the 300th anniversary of his birth is commemorated, this exhibition contributes to a reassessment of fundamental aspects of his rule: Spain’s foreign policy, and the contributions of Spanish science and culture; and the role of the Crown in fostering knowledge.

The exhibition brings together a hundred items from nearly forty Spanish and foreign institutions (Italian and British museums), some of which are little known, loaned for the first time, and restored for the occasion.
Works by the great painters of the 18th century who were the chroniclers of their era, such as Jean Ranc, Jacopo Amigoni, Giuseppe Bonito, Anton Rafael Mengs, and Francisco de Goya, share the space with important archaeological materials from the Mediterranean world and the Americas, alongside magnificent examples of contemporary cartography, scientific instruments, and some of the documents that shaped 18th-century Europe.

It is organised in four main areas: Spain and Italy: International Relations and Interests (1716-1759); The Spanish Throne and the Kingdoms of Ultramar; The International Image of the Monarchy: Spain in the International System; and A World to Discover: Culture and Scientific Expeditions. The exhibition begins by introducing the King at home with his family, and in his role as King of Naples and Sicily, until 1759.
His succession to the Spanish throne and his enlightened programmes of reform over nearly three decades form the second area of the exhibition, which analyses how the foundations were established for the modern State and contemporary Spain, and with a section on Spanish possessions overseas.

The third area examines Spain’s image abroad, its profile and its active presence in the major wars of the era. A rapprochement with France, an incursion in northern Africa, agreements with Portugal, and clandestine support for American independence are some of the key issues in the international policies directed by Charles III.

Finally, the exhibition considers royal patronage of culture and science, with such significant acts as the creation of Madrid’s Royal Botanical Garden, and the promotion of scientific expeditions which would have a far-reaching impact.



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