ISBN: 0894681494

SPANISH PAINTINGS of the Fifteenth through Nineteenth Centuries

SPANISH PAINTINGS of the Fifteenth through Nineteenth Centuries

Jonathan Brown; Richard G. Mann

Goya, Francisco; Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban; Zurbarán, Francisco de; Velázquez, Diego; El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos); Juan van der Hamen; Eugenio Lucas Villamil; Master of the Catholic Kings; Juan de Valdés Leal; Fernando Yáñez de la Almcdina

Spanish Paintings of the Fifteenth through Nineteenth Centuries is the second publication in a series of systematic catalogues of the National Gallery of Art's holdings in paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. The more than two dozen volumes of The Collections of the National Gallery of Art will fulfill our responsibility to provide a complete description and interpretation of our extraordinary collections to both the inquiring general visitor and to the specialized scholar in art history. The books in the series are written by Gallery curators and leading outside authorities, thus taking into account the issues and methodologies unique to each field. We are fortunate that this important project has been informed by the knowledge and expertise of two leading authorities on Spanish painting, Jonathan Brown and Richard Mann. Professor Brown's books on Velazquez, Murillo, and Zurbarán, on other Spanish artists, and on the history of Spanish patronage are among the most respected in the field. Professor Mann has contributed his specialized knowledge of El Greco and Goya and their patrons. The Spanish paintings in the National Gallery, though restricted in number, are an important part of the old master collection. Here it is possible to see early and late examples of El Greco's painting, Velazquez' work on an intimate scale, Murillo addressing both the sacred and the profane, and Goya's incisive portraits of Spain's aristocratic and intellectual society. Only those Spanish paintings in the Kress collection have been catalogued extensively before, by Colin Eisler in 1977. Since that date, heightened interest in Spanish art among the public and among scholars has spurred monographic exhibitions and innovative research on the artists represented in the National Gallery's collection. Careful examination in the conservation laboratories, using new diagnostic methods, has extended our understanding of painters' working methods and brought new focus to questions of workshop practice and the distinctions among modelli, finished works, and replicas. By setting forth comprehensively the results of scholarly discoveries about the Gallery's holdings, we hope to further a more general understanding of the development of Spanish painting and the context in which it evolved.

J. Carter Brown


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