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"Exhibition of Rare Spanish Drawings to Open"
1999-09-14 until 1999-11-28
J.P. Getty Museum
Los Angeles, CA,
USA United States of America
From September 14 through November 28, the J. Paul Getty Museum will
present Juanes to Goya: Spanish Drawings 1560-1825, a rare look at the variety and
vibrancy of Spanish draftsmanship. Spanning over 250 years, the exhibition includes
drawings by Francisco de Goya and numerous recent acquisitions, most of which have never
been exhibited before. Among the highlights are Saint John the Evangelist and an Angel by El
Greco as well as works by Juan de Juanes, Jusepe de Ribera, and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo,
one of Seville’s most influential artists in the 1600s.
The installation’s 29 drawings are grouped geographically to illustrate how Spanish artists
responded to various foreign influences and incorporated them to produce distinctive regional
styles. With representative works from the major artistic centers of Madrid, Seville, and
Valencia, Juanes to Goya: Spanish Drawings 1560-1825 also provides fascinating links
with other Spanish works on view in the galleries, including paintings by Goya and the
sculpture Saint Ginés de la Jara by Luisa Roldán.
Mark McDonald, curator of the exhibition for the Department of Drawings, comments,
Examples of Spanish draftsmanship are relatively rare—one reason being that academies of
art in Spain were less likely to save drawings than were other European schools. This
exhibition was developed to highlight an uncommon collection while revealing the
breadth of functions and styles unique to Spanish works.