Exhibition: Views of Historic Monuments in Spanish Cities: The Romantic Painter Genaro Pérez Villaamil
(Vistas monumentales de ciudades españolas. El pintor romántico Genaro Pérez Villaamil)
Room 60 Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
17 December 2014 – 6 September 2015
Curated by Javier Barón, this exhibition includes Villaamil’s large Diptych, formed from 42 individual scenes painted on tin-plates between 1835 and 1839, by the 19th-century landscape and architectural painter, some of whose work was influenced by British artists such as David Roberts and Turner.
The Diptych anticipates Villaamil’s later focus on the depiction of historic buildings and monuments, which led him to become the artistic director of La España artística y monumental (1842-1850), a publishing project for which he supplied drawings and watercolours for reproduction as lithographs. Related lithographs are also displayed along with drawings and watercolours by the artist and paintings by Roberts.
Summary information about the Diptych’s restoration can be found online here.
Accompanied by a catalogue.