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Renaissance to Goya

Prints and Drawings Made in Spain

written by Mark McDonald

British Museum Press | ISBN 9780714126807

Hardback – 320 pages


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The great tradition of printmaking and drawing in Spain has rarely been examined. This spectacular volume of drawings and prints looks at the history of graphic practice in Spain for the first time, providing an overview of more than two hundred years.

Purchase this book and discover the story for yourself, which begins in the mid‐sixteenth century with the building of Philip II’s monastery of the Escorial near Madrid. This building brought to Spain a large number of foreign artists, such as the Italian Pellegrino Tibaldi and the Flemish printmaker Pedro Perret, whose engravings of the Escorial are among the most remarkable architectural prints of the period. This book includes a remarkable collection of Goya prints, moving from the ‘Golden Age’ or Siglo di Oro– a dramatic flourishing of arts and literature in Spain during the seventeenth century- and concluding with the Enlightenment. Featured are a range of traditionally Spanish subjects such as bullfighting, and works by Goya’s contemporaries Lucas, Camaron and the Tiepolo family of Madrid. Enjoy a selection of never‐before seen prints, published as a group for the first time alongside beautiful drawings.

The British Museum holds one of the best collections of Spanish drawings from the late 16th to the 18th century outside Spain. Featuring a remarkable series of Goya prints, this title complements an exhibition at the Museum from 20 September 2012 to 5 January 2013. The collection was last shown in the 1970s (an incomplete selection) and has never before been catalogued.


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