Spain's Princess Cristina received a personal guided tour of the "Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape" exhibit at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

The princess viewed the extensive exhibition of 120 works by Spain's most politically combative painter, although the press was only allowed to witness her arrival at the exhibit hall and her contemplation of Miro's main work on display, "La granja."

The youngest child of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia listened to the explanation that exhibition curator Harry Cooper gave concerning the painting, which reflects the origins of the Catalonian painter and summarizes the basic features of his career.

The collection places emphasis on the most politically combative facet of the painter, who was critical of the convulsions in Spain in the 1930s and '40s, and also focuses on his Catalonian roots and his recognition of that sometimes-oppressed culture.

Princess Cristina made her visit after hours on Wednesday, accompanied by the charge d'affaires at Spain's embassy in Washington, Juan Manuel Molina, and Andrew Davis, the representative of the Catalonian delegation in the United States.

The princess made her visit to view Miro's work prior to a gala dinner offered by the National Gallery of Art to invited guests from the city's cultural and social spheres.

Princess Cristina has been returning gradually to Washington's social scene after her husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, was accused of involvement in a corruption case.

Queen Sofia made a brief visit to Washington in late April to spend several days with Cristina and her grandchildren on the occasion of Miguel Urdangarin y Borbon's 10th birthday.