The Discovery of Spain

The Discovery of Spain : British Artists and Collectors: Goya to Picasso

By (author) David Howarth , By (author) Paul Stirton , By (author) Claudia Heide

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This lavishly illustrated book celebrates the impact of Spanish culture on British art and collecting from the 1790s to the 1930s - the Napoleonic period to the Spanish Civil War. Spain is now a familiar and much-loved part of the British view of Europe, but in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it was still relatively unknown. This book captures the excitement of this era, a time when Spain's architecture, customs, fashions and painting were 'discovered' and created a sensation in Britain. This unprecedented survey contains contributions from renowned scholars and illustrates the work of the Spanish masters Velazquez, El Greco, Murillo, Goya and Picasso, and the British artists David Wilkie, David Roberts, John Frederick Lewis, John Phillip, Arthur Melville and David Bomberg.

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  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 244 x 302 x 16mm | 938.93g
  • 30 Sep 2009
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • Edinburgh
  • English
  • 5 b/w, 135 col
  • 190627018X
  • 9781906270186
  • 1,031,111

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Dr David Howarth is a Reader in History of Art, Edinburgh University. He specialises in Spanish art and culture. and has also written extensively on the material culture of early modern Britain. He is co-guest curator (with Paul Stirton) of the forthcoming National Galleries of Scotland, 2009 International Festival exhibition, The Discovery of Spain. Paul Stirton is a Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow, and visiting Professor at the Bard Graduate Center, New York. He is author (with Juliet Kinchin) of 'Is Mr Ruskin Living too Long?': Selected Writings of E.W. Godwin, Oxford, 2005. Michael Jacobs is a writer, art histiorian and hispanist. His many books include The Good and Simple Life: Artist colonies in Europe and America, Andalucia. He is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow of the Hispanics Department of the University of Glasgow. Dr Claudia Heide is a Visiting Lecturer in History of Art at Edinburgh University. She specialises in Islamic Spain. She co-edited a series of essays (Edinburgh University Press forthcoming) on Pascual Gayangos, the nineteenth century Spanish antiquarian and Arabist. Dr Nicholas Tromans is a Senior Lecturer in History of Art at Kingston University and a world authority on the Scottish painter Sir David Wilkie about whom he published a monograph entitled: David Wilkie: Painter of Everyday Life (Edinburgh University Press, 2007). He was recently catalogue editor for the Tate Britain exhibition on British Orientalist painting. Dr Hilary Macartney is a Lecturer in the Department of the Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds. She is the world authority on Sir William Stirling Maxwell, the Victorian pioneer British art historian of Spanish painting. She has published extensively in both Britain and Spain on aspects of Spanish art and culture.

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