Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition Spanish Drawings from the Hamburger Kunsthalle, held at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, between June 24th and October 5th 2014.
24 x 28 cm
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The Hamburger Kunsthalle, in terms of quality and quantity, houses one of the most important collections of Spanish Old Master drawings outside Spain, numbering more than 200 works. Assembled in Seville in the early 19th century, it was subsequently sold on the London art market and acquired by the Hamburg museum in 1891.
The core of the collection comprises drawings by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and by some of his most important contemporaries and followers, many of them associated with the Academy founded in Seville by Murillo, Juan de Valdés Leal and Francisco de Herrera the Younger. In addition, the exhibition includes important works by other leading Golden Age masters such as Alonso Cano and Antonio del Castillo.
Another outstanding section is the group of drawings by Francisco de Goya based on original paintings by Velázquez that are now in the Museo del Prado.
The exhibition is accompanied by a complete catalogue raisonné of all the drawings in the collection, written by Jens Hoffman-Samland with the collaboration of María Cruz de Carlos Varona, Gabriele Finaldi, José Manuel Matilla, Manuela Mena and Gloria Solache, curators at the Museo del Prado.