Item Number: 149662
Title: El coleccionismo de pintura en Madrid durante el siglo XIX
Author: Martinez Plaza, Pedro J
Record created on 10/29/18
Description: Madrid: CEEH Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2018. 25cm., pbk., 576pp., 86 color illus. Spanish text.
Summary: This book examines the private collecting of painting in Madrid during the nineteenth century and the mercantile structure that underpinned it. The author analyses more than 140 private collections and studies the presence, development and running of shops, fairs, markets, estate sales, antique dealers and art galleries, many of them hitherto unknown, as well as surveying the role of the foreign collectors and artists and restorers who acted as advisors, intermediaries, sellers, promoters and agents. Its chronological structure allows the author to contextualise the collectors and explain the assembly and dispersal of their picture galleries, as well as the significance, contents and critical fortunes of these holdings. He also studies the role played by private patronage and traces the development of tastes in Spanish painting throughout the century from an almost exclusive focus on the Old Masters to a growing presence of contemporary artists following the Restoration. This volume, which is replete with new and significant data gleaned from many archives and a variety of sources (inventories of possessions, receipts of dowries, auction catalogues, contracts, collections of letters, the press, photographs and literary texts), paints an accurate and eloquent picture of collecting in Spain. It provides a huge amount of information and solid foundations on which to build for anyone wishing to examine this field – first explored here with excellent results – in greater depth.
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