Renaissance to Goya: prints and drawings from Spain
14 December 2013 – 9 March 2014
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This exhibition presents, for the first time outside the United Kingdom, master drawings by Spanish artists from the British Museum, a collection regarded as one of the finest in the world. The drawings provide a unique opportunity to reflect on Spanish artists’ commitment to drawing from the Renaissance period to the early nineteenth century
Spanish drawings were greatly appreciated in Britain and eagerly collected from the nineteenth century. The British Museum was one of the first institutions outside Spain to form a representative collection of drawings that are remarkable for their fine condition.
The earliest drawings are by sixteenth-century artists working in Castile such as Alonso Berruguete along with several drawings by Italians who came to work at the Escorial. They are followed by drawings by the most important artists from Spain’s Golden Age, among them, Diego Velázquez, Vicente Carducho, Alonso Cano and Francisco Rizi in Madrid, Francisco Pacheco, Bartolomé Murillo, and Francisco de Zubarán in Seville, and José de Ribera in Spanish Naples.
Turning to the eighteenth century, key works by Luis Paret y Alcázar and Francisco de Goya and their contemporaries demonstrate how drawing greatly increased during the period, forever changing the artistic landscape of Spain.
Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664), Head of a Monk. Black chalk and grey wash, c. 1635–1655.