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Mazda brings Winter Masterpieces to Melbourne

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MELBOURNE – Nov 11, 2013: Mazda has again teamed up with Art Exhibitions Australia as Principal Sponsor ofthe next instalment of the highly acclaimed Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court, to be on display at the National Gallery of Victoria.

This latest exhibition due to open to the public in May 2014 will mark the twentieth year that Mazda and Art Exhibitions Australia have together brought art from around the globe to Australia, enriching the country’s already robust cultural scene and making the world’s most revered works of art accessible to the public.

Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court comprises over 70 paintings and 30 drawings spanning the early sixteenth to eighteenth centuries reflecting the taste of the Spanish Royal Court who’s Kings and Courtiers were avid collectors of Italian art, and promises to be one of the greatest Italian Masters exhibitions to be shown in Australia.

Artists including Raphael, Correggio, Titian and Poussin are represented, and it marks the first time that many of these works have left Spain from their home at the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

Mazda’s managing director, Martin Benders, said: “It is a great privilege to be able to bring art of this calibre to the Australian public. At Mazda we pride ourselves on designing cars that are of the highest visual quality and which elicit an immediate emotional response – much the same as the visual arts do for visitors to these exhibitions. Our partnership with Art Exhibitions Australia feels like a natural fit.”

The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibitions have attracted over 4 million people since inception in 2004, and Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court is sure to delight all visitors that walk through the door.

Italian Masterpieces from Spain’s Royal Court will run from 16 May 2014 – 31 August 2014 at the National Gallery of Victoria.