The greatest Spanish draftsmen of the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries — Ribera, Murillo, and Goya, among them — created works of dazzling idiosyncrasy. These diverse drawings, which may be broadly characterized as possessing a specifically “Spanish manner,” will be the subject of an exclusive exhibition at The Frick Collection scheduled for the fall of 2010. The presentation will feature more than fifty of the finest Spanish drawings from public and private collections in the Northeastern United States. Opening the show are rare sheets by the early seventeenth-century masters Francisco Pacheco and Vicente Carducho, followed by a number of spectacular red chalk drawings by the celebrated draftsman Jusepe de Ribera. The exhibition continues with rapid sketches and painting-like wash drawings from the rich oeuvre of the Andalusian master Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, along with lively drawings by Francisco de Herrera the Elder and his son, the Madrid court artists Sebastian de Herrera Barnuevo and Juan Carreño de Miranda, among others.
The second half of the exhibition will present some twenty-five sheets by the great draftsman Francisco de Goya, whose drawings are rarely studied in the illuminating context of the Spanish draftsmen who came before him. These works, mostly drawings from his private albums, attest to the continuity between his thematic interests and those of his Spanish forebears, as well as to Goya’s own enormously fertile imagination. The exhibition is organized by Jonathan Brown, Carroll and Milton Petrie Professor of Fine Arts, New York University; Lisa A. Banner, independent scholar; and Susan Grace Galassi, Senior Curator at The Frick Collection. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, with entries by the show’s organizers and by Reva Wolf, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair, Department of Art History, State University of New York at New Paltz and author of Goya and the Satirical Print in England and on the Continent, 1730–1850, and Andrew Schulz, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Oregon and author of Goya’s Caprichos: Aesthetics, Perception, and the Body.
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