WWF, Prado Museum use art to depict impact of climate change

CONSERVATION group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF ) and the Prado Museum have joined forces to raise the alarm on the impact of climate change, as political leaders and diplomats meet at the COP25 climate change summit in Madrid, Spain.

3. Joachim Patinir’s El paso de la laguna Estigia (Landscape with Charon Crossing the Styx) becomes an illustration of the impact of extreme drought on river and crops. (1 - MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2- WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO)
Joachim Patinir’s El paso de la laguna Estigia (Landscape with Charon Crossing the Styx) becomes an illustration of the impact of extreme drought on river and crops. (1 – MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2- WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO)

Together they selected four masterpieces from the Prado collection to highlight the environmental consequences of various phenomena attributed to climate change.

El quitasol (The Parasol) by Francisco de Goya is doctored to reflect the social drama of climate refugees. (1 - MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2 - WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO)
El quitasol (The Parasol) by Francisco de Goya is doctored to reflect the social drama of climate refugees. (1 – MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2 – WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO)

The conference was due to be held in Chile, but was cancelled by the government there following weeks of civil disturbances, and is being hosted by Spain instead.

Niños en la playa (Boys on the Beach) by Joaquín Sorolla now depicts the extinction of species. (1 - MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2- WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO)
Niños en la playa (Boys on the Beach) by Joaquín Sorolla now depicts the extinction of species. (1 – MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2- WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO)

COP25 ends on Dec. 13. (BBC)

Felipe IV a Caballo (Philip IV on Horseback) by Diego Velázquez is used to highlight the issue of rising sea levels. ( 1 - MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2 - WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO)
Felipe IV a Caballo (Philip IV on Horseback) by Diego Velázquez is used to highlight the issue of rising sea levels. ( 1 – MUSEO DEL PRADO), (2 – WWF SPAIN/MUSEO DEL PRADO)

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