A Riff on the Van Eyck Brothers at the Prado (The Wall Street Journal)
MADRID—At Madrid’s Prado, a single room plays host to a passion project by contemporary Spanish artist Eduardo Arroyo. It is a quirky blur of past and present that seems very much at home in this museum.
With pencil on fiber paper, Mr. Arroyo has reinterpreted—in 21, full-size panels—the “Adoration of the Mystic Lamb,” the 15th-century oil painting by the Van Eyck brothers. He has repopulated the Van Eyck masterpiece with familiar, if somewhat unexpected, faces. Where round-faced, music-making angels once bookended the three-paneled triumvirate of the Virgin Mary, God the Father and Saint John the Baptist, Mr. Arroyo has drawn figures he suggestively describes as “Golden Girls.” They sport wide-framed glasses, and lean into each other with their mouths agape in song.