Tag Archives: Drawings

Opens today: Dibujos de Luis Paret (1746-1799) at the Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid

paret_cubierta-616x800Luis Paret y Alcázar (Madrid, 1746‒1799) has been hailed as a ‘spontaneous and joyful’ painter who allowed himself to be ‘overly’ influenced by French art. Labelled as the ‘Spanish Watteau’ and the most genuine representative of Rococo painting in the
country, he has long been considered the second most important painter of his day after Goya.

However, these considerations are a direct consequence of a historiographical discourse more concerned with contrasting the two artists than with attributing Paret’s heterodoxy (he was a pupil of La Traverse and court painter to the Infante Don Luis) to his eventful life, his artistic interests and his background.

The above factors provide a backdrop to Dibujos de Luis Paret (1746-1799). Open until 16 September, the exhibition is curated by Alejandro Martínez Pérez, a historian well versed in the Paret’s life and career who sets out to clarify the historiographical lacunae by examining the artist’s main instrument – his drawings – reconstructing his personal library and analysing his relationships with his patrons.

The show – featuring a total of 188 pieces including drawings (84), paintings, prints, books and manuscripts – has been made possible by the collaboration and loans of important private collections and institutions, both Spanish and foreign, such as the Museo Nacional del Prado, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Real Academia
de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, the Rijksmuseum, the Real Academia Española, the Fundación Lázaro Galdiano and the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas.

Organised by the BNE and the CEEH, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue raisonné of Luis Paret’s drawings, which is set to become a reference work for studies on the artist. Published by CEEH, the catalogue can be purchased here. Until 15 June, our readers can benefit from a 10% discount.

Featured Exhibition: Drawings by Rosario Weiss

litoBiblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid, until 22 April 2018

This exhibition features more than a hundred drawings by Rosario Weiss (Madrid, 1814‒1843) as well as a few prints and paintings. It sets out to show the work of an outstanding draughtswoman who is better known for her relationship with Francisco de Goya (1746‒1828) than for her artistic career.

Weiss was one of the few women to join the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts—as an academician of merit for History Painting—and she achieved her highest distinction in 1842 when she was appointed as drawing instructor to Isabella II and her sister, the Infanta Luisa Fernanda. She held this post for a very short time, as she died of cholera the following year.

Curated by Carlos Sánchez Díez, the display brings together works from the Biblioteca Nacional, the Museo Lázaro Galdiano, the Bibliothèque municipale de Bordeaux, the Museo del Prado, the Museo del Romanticismo and private collections, as well as pieces from other museums and Spanish public institutions.

This exhibition has been organised by the Biblioteca Nacional de España, Museo Lázaro Galdiano and Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica.

Click here for more information.

The exhibition catalogue, About the exhibition catalogue, authored by Carlos Sánchez Díez, can be purchased on the CEEH’s website with 10% discount on online orders until 15 February.

ARTES visit to the Museo del Prado (14 January 2017)*


With Dr Edward Payne, Senior Curator, Spanish Art, Auckland Castle Trust

Saturday 14th January 2017, 9:30 – 11:00 A.M.

Rendezvous at Museo del Prado (at main entrance at the back of the building)


  • *Due to unforeseen circumstances, the visit to El Escorial
  • on Friday 13th January 2017 has been cancelled


ARTES members wishing to travel should RSVP to artesiberia@gmail.com and arrange their own travel and accommodation.


Curators in Conversation: Ribera across the Generations. 6:30-8:30 pm, Thursday 9th February, 2017




Gabriele Finaldi (Director, The National Gallery) &
Edward Payne (Senior Curator: Spanish Art, Auckland Castle Trust)
Colnaghi, 26 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL


ARTES welcomes Gabriele Finaldi, curator of Ribera: Master of Drawing at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (22 November 2016 – 19 February 2017), in conversation with Edward Payne, curator of the exhibition’s second incarnation Between Heaven and Hell: The Drawings of Jusepe de Ribera at the Meadows Museum, Dallas (12 March – 11 June 2017). They will be discussing the genesis of the exhibition which celebrates the publication of the first complete catalogue raisonné of Ribera’s drawings. The event will take place in the stunning new Colnaghi gallery in Bury Street, followed by wine and jamón provided by Spanish restaurateurs Brindisa.

ARTES would like to thank the Instituto Cervantes and its Director, Julio Crespo Maclennan for their support with this event.

This event is open to ARTES members only. RSVP to Alice@colnaghi.com





I Segni nel tempo. Dibujos españoles de los Uffizi
Real Academia de San Fernando
Madrid, 12 May – 24 July 2016

Exhibition of 129 Spanish drawings from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries selected from the Uffizi’s holdings in Florence by Professor Benito Navarrete. The exhibition is the result of two years of research among drawings some 77 of which were previously considered to be Italian or north European and are now published for the first time as of Spanish authorship.The most important of these discoveries is a drawing, formerly considered German, and now attributed to Juan de Juanes for his lost painting Dead Christ supported by Angels. Other new works include drawings by Alonso de Berruguete, Vicente Carducho, Francisco Pacheco and Herrera the Younger all discovered among the ‘Italian’ works.

The origin of the Uffizi’s Spanish drawings was a collection put together in Madrid around 1745 by a Florentine merchant Giovanni Filippo Michelozzi; the rest were donated in 1866 by the sculptor Emilio Santarelli (1801-1886). Artists represented range from Gaspar Becerra to Meléndez and include works by Luis de Vargas Alonso Cano and Ribera.

View a selection of drawings from the exhibition here.


Lecture, 6pm, 18 January 2016. Architectural Practice in Spain, 1370-1450: Drawings, Documents & Historiography

The Coll & Cortés Medieval Spain Seminar in the Research Forum South Room in the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. By Dr Encarna Montero, University of Valencia

6-7pm, Monday 18th January, followed by a drinks reception. Free attendance, open to all

Pinnacle, Valencia

Model for a pinnacle, Valencia, c. 1442. Valencia Municipal museum

A significant number of sources for the study of architectural practise survive from medieval Spanish kingdoms when compared to other European territories. Apprenticeship contracts, drawings, sketches and masons’ inventories shed light on the means by which architectural knowledge was transmitted in the Iberian peninsula between 1370 and 1450. This body of evidence – much of it newly discovered – also challenges many long-held assumptions, even if several key problems remain unresolved: the training requirements for masons’ apprentices, the specific skills that defined a master, or the role of drawing in the building process.


This is the second in the Coll & Cortés Medieval Spain Seminars, which take the theme of ‘Gothic Architecture, New Approaches’ from 2015-17. The first lecture in the series was delivered by Eduardo Carrero in October 2015.





El legado de al-Ándalus: Las antigüedades árabes en los dibujos de la Academia (Madrid)


El legado de al-Ándalus: Las antigüedades árabes en los dibujos de la Academia
Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
22 September – 8 December 2015

Includes 175 works, the majority drawings along with six paintings and various prints from the Academy’s collections which illustrate Moorish antiquities from Andalucia.

Online catalogue, by Antonio Almagro and others.


Exhibition: Rosario Weiss, Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid


Drawings by Rosario Weiss from the Lazaro Collection, Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid 
14 May – 29 June 2015
Exhibiting some 36 drawings (from a collection of 58) by the goddaughter and follower of Goya, who learned her drawing and lithographic print-making skills alongside Goya in the 1820s in Madrid and Bordeaux. Her miniature portraits and copies after Goya’s paintings are also on display. Several of the drawings by the short-lived artist were acquired by José Lázaro Galdiano from the nieces and heirs of Rosario.

Exhibition: Vicente Carducho, Madrid, May – September 2016


Vicente Carducho: teoría y práctica del dibujo en el Siglo de Oro, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid, 29 May – 6 September 2015. Major exhibition of drawings, many never shown before, by Vicente Carducho (Florence 1576-1638 Madrid), a key artist at the Spanish court. Accompanied by contextualizing documents and prints by Carducho’s contemporaries drawn from the Biblioteca Nacional, and other public institutions and private collections in Spain and Italy. The display is the result of a detailed cataloguing process of the library’s collection of works by Vicente Carducho and is divided into six sections, covering his career from its beginning in the Escorial, where he worked alongside his brother Bartolomé, to his commissions from Philip III and Philip IV in Valladolid, El Pardo, and culminating in his pictorical cycle for the Carthusian monastery of El Paular (1626-1632). The final sections feature the artist’s theoretical writings and the influence of Carducho’s workshop and studio assistants.

Goya Study Day, Courtauld Institute, Saturday, 2 May 2015

2015-04-Goya-CourtauldGOYA:  SATURDAY STUDY DAY
Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album – In Context
2 May 2015 10.30 – 16.30
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Gallery’s exhibition reassembles all the known sheets from one of Goya’s eight celebrated albums of ‘private’ drawings.  These albums, each distinct in subject-matter, style and technique, were created relatively late in Goya’s life, after he had survived a near-fatal illness that left him profoundly deaf from his early fifties, but still drawing at the age of eighty-two. They have been described as journals that record, in virtuoso manner, Goya’s innermost reflections on the world around him and on human nature.

The exhibition curators, distinguished Goya-scholar Juliet Wilson-Bareau and Stephanie Buck, The Courtauld’s Curator of Drawings, and colleagues will shed light on this feat of international research and reconstruction, on the place of the album in Goya’s oeuvre, and on the themes of witchcraft and old age in art more widely.

Speakers are exhibition curators Dr Juliet Wilson-Bareau (independent scholar and curator) and Dr Stephanie Buck (Martin Halusa Curator of Drawings, The Courtauld Gallery); Kate Edmondson (Conservator of Works on Paper, The Courtauld Gallery); Peter Bower (forensic paper historian and paper analyst); and Professor Deanna Petherbridge and Gail Turner (independent scholars).

Provisional Programme
10.30 –11.00                 Registration and Coffee
11.00 – 11.05                Dr Anne Puetz (The Courtauld Institute of Art):
Introduction to the Study Day
11.05 – 11.50                Gail Turner: Goya – art and life
11.50 – 12.35                Dr Stephanie Buck, Kate Edmondson and Peter Bower: Album D’: A journey of discoveries
12.35 – 13.00                Q&A
13.00 – 14.15                Lunch
14.15 – 15.00                Professor Deanna Petherbridge: Malevolent or ridiculous old age: sources of Goya’s imageryower:
15.00 – 15.45                Dr Juliet Wilson-Bareau: Goya’s album drawings: a private/public world
15.45 – 16.00                Q&A
16.00 – 16.30                Tea      Close of the official programme – The exhibition can be visited until 18.00
Advance booking is necessary
£45 (concessions £40)
Includes free admission to the exhibition, with morning and afternoon tea and coffee
E: short.courses@courtauld.ac.uk t: 020 7848 2678