Spanish Master Drawings from Dutch Collections (1500-1900)
This exhibition will bring together for the first time virtually all of the Spanish drawings present in Dutch public collections and will include approximately 40 works from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the Prentenkabinet Universiteit Leiden in Leiden and the Museum Kroller-Muller in Otterlo.
The exhibition will trace the development of drawing in Spain, beginning in the 16th century with Alonso Berruguete, one of the first Spanish draftsmen who learned the art of drawing in Italy, through Spain’s Golden Age in the 17th century, when the visual arts and drawing developed to a new artistic level. Works of the 18th and 19th centuries, including several drawings by Francisco de Goya, will examine the continued development of Spanish drawing. The second part of the exhibition will feature a group of anonymous works that shed interesting light on the difficulties of authenticating and attributing Spanish drawings. This section will be particularly relevant for the Meadows Museum, which confronted issues of the same nature in its early years. A selection of paintings from the permanent collection will be displayed alongside the anonymous drawings as a way to explain more about the Museum’s history and to emphasize the always intriguing matter of attribution.