The impressive series of paintings known as Jacob and His Twelve Sons portrays thirteen life-size figures by Spanish master Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664). Painted between about 1640 and 1645, the series depicts Jacob and his sons named in Chapter 49 of the Book of Genesis in which Jacob bestows his deathbed blessings to his sons, each of whom go on to found the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Co-edited by Susan Grace Galassi, senior curator at The Frick Collection; Edward Payne, senior curator of Spanish art at Auckland Castle; and Mark Roglán, director of the Meadows Museum; this publication chronicles the scientific analysis of the series Jacob and His Twelve Sons led by Claire Barry at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Conservation Department and also provides focused art historical studies of the works. Essays cover the iconography of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the history of the canvases, and Zurbarán’s artistic practices and visual sources. With this comprehensive and varied approach, the book constitutes the most extensive contribution to the scholarship on one of the most ambitious series by this Golden Age master. ($45)
This book is the first complete catalogue raisonné of the drawings of Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652). A follower of Caravaggio, he trained in Rome and subsequently became a painter to the viceregal court in Naples. Ribera’s drawings played a central role in his art. This catalogue raisonné reveals his impressive technical skills, equally evident in his use of pen and ink, red chalk, and wash, while emphasizing the remarkable range of the subjects he depicted.
The main text by Gabriele Finaldi, director of the National Gallery, London, explores specific themes within Ribera’s activity as a draftsman, from his sources, signatures, and the most prominent collectors of his drawings to his preparatory studies and the variety of his subject matter. This text is followed by entries on the 157 surviving drawings considered autograph, five sheets attributed to Ribera and thirty-one rejected attributions by the artist within museums, institutions, and private collections around the world.
In this richly illustrated catalogue, the dialogue between works owned by the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo and those from the Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas, offers five sensibilities or poetics of Modern Spanish Art. Between 1915 and 1957, Spanish creators sought the constructed form in their work, irrespective of figurative or abstract accents. They were forerunners of the new realisms, representing new physiognomies of individuals in a transforming society. Through free expression they discovered a new lyricism in the arts. They expanded and diversified the new propositions of Surrealism. Ultimately, they established a special relation between their own stylistic vernaculars and the principles of the “new art” or arte nuevo. Eugenio Carmona, distinguished professor of art history at the Universidad de Málaga and curator of the exhibition, illuminates modern Spanish art beyond Picasso, Miró, and Dalí as an intense and transforming experience, developing in various places and flourishing at different moments in history.
Sorolla in America, jointly published by the Meadows Museum, Center for Spain in America (CSA), and the Fundación Museo Sorolla, with the collaboration of the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica (CEEH), was recently award the 2017 Eleanor Tufts Award by the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies, an affiliated society of the College Art Association. The award is given to a distinguished book in English on the history of Spanish or Portuguese art history. According to the award committee, “the book examines the circumstances of the Valencian painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida’s [1863–1923] meteoric rise in popularity among collectors and institutions in the United States, as well as his productive relationships with American painters. It expands the existing literature on Sorolla in important ways, especially by bringing to light new archival sources and images across a number of cogent, thoughtful essays. The scholarly rigor and attention to detail that characterize the book’s chapters, and the logic with which the individual essays are organized make the publication an exemplum of what a museum-based academic publication can and should do. Furthermore, the high quality of the book’s production ensures that, for years to come, it will remain a touchstone for scholarship on Sorolla, the transatlantic visual culture of the turn of the twentieth century, and the history of collecting writ large.”
Co-edited and with an essay by Meadows Museum director Mark A. Roglán, the book also features scholarly contributions from Nicole Atzbach, former Meadows Museum curator; Shelley DeMaria, Meadows Museum curatorial assistant; and Alexandra Letvin, former Meadows/Kress/Prado curatorial fellow; along with contributions from many other distinguished scholars. Sorolla in America: Friends and Patrons is available in the Meadows Museum shop ($90).
Permanent Collection Catalogues
The beautifully designed From Rodin to Plensa: Modern Sculpture at the Meadows Museum has nearly 100 full-color images and over thirty historical black-and-white images. This one-of-a-kind catalogue brings together historical insight, new research, and artistic photographs to give readers all new access to the important works of modern sculpture at the Meadows Museum. The book’s release will be celebrated with a double-lecture event on March 22, 2018, during which the publication’s author, Dr. Steven A. Nash, founding director of the Nasher Sculpture Center and former director of the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the noted American photographer Laura Wilson will share their experiences working on this unique collaboration. To register for the double-lecture and to pre-order your copy of the book for the signing event, call 214-768-8587. ($55)
Great works of Spanish art in museums in the United States encompassing a wealth of treasures from the Middles Ages to the contemporary art scene in Spain are brought together for the first time in a comprehensive volume with essays by the institutions’ own curators and world-renowned specialists in Spanish art. Edited and with an essay by Meadows Museum director Mark Roglán, and including essays by current Meadows/Mellon/Prado postdoctoral fellow Amanda Dotseth, former Meadows/Mellon/Prado postdoctoral fellow Iraida Rodríguez-Negrón, and former Meadows/Kress/Prado pre-doctoral fellow Rebecca Quinn Teresi. ($75)