26 February – 25 May 2015
The Courtauld Gallery
This major exhibition reunites all the surviving drawings from the Witches and Old Women Album for the first time, offering a fascinating and enlightening view of a very private and personal Goya.
Drawn in the last decade of his life, the album was never meant to be seen beyond a small circle of friends. Goya gave free rein to his creativity, inventing extraordinary images that range from the humorous to the sinister and the macabre.
In this exhibition visitors are invited to discover the private world of Goya’s boundless imagination, expressed through visions and nightmares, superstitions, and the problems of old age. Above all the drawings reveal Goya’s penetrating observation of human nature: our fears, weaknesses and desires.
Daniel Vázquez Díaz (1882-1969), Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Oviedo, 17 June – 21 September.
40 portrait drawings of the artist’s contemporaries selected from the series Hombres de mi tiempo in the collection of the Madrid-based Fundación Mapfre. Alongside the drawings the Asturias museum is also showing a key painting Bañistas / Desnudos en la piscina‘ (1930-1935), by the artist, who was a leading figurative artist during the first half of the 20th century, but whose style changes dramatically after the Spanish Civil War.
José de Madrazo y Agudo (1781-1859) Drawings, Fundación Botín, Santander, 12 June – 14 September. Exhibition of a previously unpublicized aspect of Madrazo’s work, including many drawings from the hundreds of previously unknown works recently discovered by the Prado in the hands of Madrazo’s descendants. The exhibition includes 61 drawings, four prints and four oils and a bust portrait of the artist by Ponciano Ponzano. Apart from the 58 works lent by the Prado there are also loans from the Museo Nacional de Romanticismo, Madrid; Lille’s Musée des Beaux Arts; the Kunstsammlungen, Dresden; and the Hispanic Society of New York. José de Madrazo was the patriarch of the artistic Madrazo clan and trained in the neoclassical style in Paris under David (1748-1825). The exhibition is curated by Carlos G Navarro, from the Department of 19th-century painting at the Prado, who will also be working on a future Madrazo catalogue raisonné. This is a further example in the series of monographic exhibitions organized since 2007 by the Fundación Botín to showcase the work of Spanish master draughtsmen.
Spanish drawings: From Valdés Leal to Sorolla, London (Master Drawings & Sculpture Week, 2014)
José de la Mano showing at Mackinnon 5 Ryder Street, St James’s, London, 4 – 11 July 2014
Includes drawings by Valdés Leal, including The Apparition of Christ to Saint Ignatius on his Way to Rome, (1660-1664) in black and red chalk, Ramón Bayeu (1744-1793) and a Vicente López. portrait of 1812.
Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings, Morgan Library, New York, 17 January – 11 May 2014. The first exhibition of Spanish drawings from the Morgan’s collection showing more than 20 sheets featuring works by Ribera, Murillo, Goya as well as Vicente Carducho, Alonso Cano and Eugenio Lucas and recently acquired drawings by Juan Carreño de Miranda and Mariano Salvador Maella. Complementing the drawings will be a selection of letters and books including an illustrated Don Quijote published in 1780.