Fall Season Begins with the First NYC Museum Exhibition on the Tradition of Spanish Draftsmanship
Spanish drawings have been collected in New York and the surrounding area for more than a century. In fact, the exceptionally rich collections in The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Hispanic Society of America make New York second only to Madrid in the depth and quality of its holdings. Remarkably, The Spanish Manner: Drawings from Ribera to Goya is the first museum exhibition to be held in this city devoted to the broad tradition of Spanish draftsmanship. With generous loans from The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Hispanic Society of America, and extraordinary sheets from The Morgan Library & Museum, the Princeton University Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and individual collectors, this exhibition of more than fifty works presents a sampling of the rich, diverse legacy of the Spanish draftsman from the early seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. Included are rare sheets by Francisco Pacheco and Vicente Carducho, and a number of spectacular red chalk drawings by the celebrated draftsman Jusepe de Ribera. The exhibition continues with rapid sketches and painting-like wash drawings from the rich oeuvre of the Andalusian master Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, along with lively drawings by Francisco de Herrera the Elder and his son and the Madrid court artist Juan Carreño de Miranda, among others. The second part of the exhibition will present twenty-two sheets by the great draftsman Francisco de Goya, whose drawings are rarely studied in the illuminating context of the Spanish draftsmen who came before him. These 2 works, mostly from his private albums, attest to the continuity between his thematic interests and those of his Spanish forebears, as well as to his enormously fertile imagination. The exhibition is organized by Jonathan Brown, Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Fine Arts, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Lisa A. Banner, independent scholar and expert on Spanish drawings; and Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator at The Frick Collection. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the David L. Klein Jr. Foundation, Elizabeth and JeanMarie Eveillard, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The accompanying catalogue has been generously underwritten by the Center for Spain in America.