Laureate of the Canary Islands Prize and former curator of the Prado Museum Matias Diaz Padrón dies

La Frontera (El Hierro) (EFE).- Cabildo El Hierro announced the death of art critic and former curator of the Prado Museum Matías Diaz Padron, who was also named Valverde’s Favorite Son and the Canary Islands Historical Heritage Award in 2008.

Matías Diaz Padrón, Doctor of Art History of the Complutense University of Madrid, the most important scholar and specialist in the field of flamenco painting, as well as a long career, professional and scientific curriculum, stood out for his professional work carried out at the Prado Museum in Madrid.

Padrón was awarded in December last year with the Municipal Medal of Honor in the highest gold category and appointed as the Beloved Son of Valverde for outstanding services that match his personality, El Hierro Cabildo said.

Matthias Diaz Padron was born in Villa de Valverde in 1935 and moved first to Gran Canaria and then to Madrid.

He was a technical adviser to the Prado Museum and from 1967 to 1976 was a professor in the Department of Modern Art History at the Complutense University of Madrid and the Autonomous University.

In 1970, he joined the Prado Museum as a curator, where he was responsible for viewing and studying paint deposits, which led to the discovery of many unpublished works, and also curated various exhibitions.

In 1980 he was appointed Fellow of the High Council for Scientific Research and two years later curator of Flemish and Dutch painting at the Prado Museum.

Between 1989 and 1995 he taught at the doctoral level at the Autonomous University of Madrid.

Matthias Diaz Padron was the author of more than forty monographs and 350 articles in specialized journals.

He was a member of the Royal Academy of Archeology and History of Belgium and the Real Order of San Miguel Arcangel de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, as well as a Companion of the Order of Leopold II of Belgium.

He was also awarded the Order of Andrés Bello of Venezuela and the Commendation of the Ministry of Agriculture.

In 2008, the regional government awarded the Canary Islands Prize in the category “Historical heritage and research” to this outstanding son of El Hierro, who is considered by critics to be the highest authority in the field of flamenco painting and its great artists such as Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt and all his contemporaries.

Matthias’ prestige is confirmed by more than 300 discoveries, and he is considered the most important specialist in the field of 17th century art in the world, and also belongs to institutions of high scientific, artistic and cultural significance, from the Research Center to the Appraisal Junta. , Qualification and export of assets of the Spanish historical heritage.

The president of the Cabildo de El Hierro, Alpidio Armas, expressed his regret at the death of Matías Diaz, “a universal native of El Hierro and a world-renowned expert in the field of art, to whom we owe our knowledge of this island in all its manifestations.” the forums he attended and the thousands of interviews he participated in, always citing his birth on this island as a sign of his life. EFE

By Peter Kavinsky

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