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Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings
January 17 through May 11, 2014


Francisco Goya (1746—1828)
Pesadilla (Nightmare), ca. 1816—20
Black ink and wash
10 3/8 x 6 3/4 inches (264 x 171 mm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Bernhard, 1959; 1959.13

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This exhibition marks the first presentation of Spanish drawings at the Morgan Library & Museum. Compared to works from other major European schools, Spanish drawings have long been considered uncharted territory. It was traditionally assumed that Spanish artists rarely drew, but recent research has demonstrated that drawing was, in fact, central to artistic practice in Spain. Visions and Nightmares, on view in the Clare Eddy Thaw Gallery, explores the role of drawing in Spanish art through works from the Morgan's pre-eminent master drawings collection.

Spanning the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, this selection of more than twenty sheets features well-known artists such as José de Ribera, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, and Francisco Goya; it also introduces visitors to drawings by equally talented but less familiar artists, notably Vicente Carducho, Alonso Cano, and Eugenio Lucas. Complementing the drawings is a display from the Morgan's collections of printed books, letters, and music manuscripts, including a lavish 1780 edition of Cervantes' Don Quixote.

Related Programs:

Concert
Young Concert Artists Series: MiXt
Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet
Robert Belinić, guitar
Wednesday, February 26, 12 p.m.

Discussion
From Inquisition to Enlightenment: Drawing in Spain
Wednesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m.

Film
Blancanieves
Friday, February 28, 7 p.m.

Gallery Talk
Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings
Friday, February 7, 6:30 p.m.

Between the Lines Tour
Visions and Nightmares: Four Centuries of Spanish Drawings
Saturday, February 1, 11 a.m.

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