The great tradition of printmaking and drawing in Spain has rarely been examined, in part due to the misapprehension that Spanish artists did not draw. This spectacularly illustrated new work provides an overview of more than four hundred years of artistic production, demonstrating how the creative and professional lives of artists in Spain were very different from those in the rest of Europe and revealing how each region of Spain was an independent centre of artistic activity.
Renaissance to Goya includes exquisite examples of prints and drawings from the late fifteenth century through to the 'Golden Age' of the seventeenth century, featuring key works from Berruguete, the Carducho brothers, Murillo, Ribera, Zurbarán and the extraordinary drawings of Velázquez. The book concludes with the Enlightenment and a remarkable collection of Goya prints, and works by Goya's contemporaries Lucas, Camaron and the Tiepolo family of Madrid.
Renaissance to Goya features over 150 illustrations from the British Museum's collection, one of the finest outside Spain, last shown in the 1970s and never before catalogued, alongside key works from institutions across Spain including the Museo del Prado. It will be published to complement a major exhibition at the British Museum from 20th September 2012 to 5th January 2013.
About the author
Mark McDonald is curator of Old Master prints and Spanish drawings at the British Museum. He has published widely on the subject of Old Master prints from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries, with special interest in the Renaissance period. He is the author of the 2006 Mitchell prize winning The Print Collection of Ferdinand Columbus (British Museum Press, 2004).