Skip to content

Velázquez Rediscovered

Pinterest

SALE
Price: $9.95 $4.95
Member Price: $8.95 $4.45

Item# 80-006735 







Description

Introduction by Keith Christiansen; Essays by Jonathan Brown and Michael Gallagher

Velzquez Rediscovered documents the recent cleaning of Diego Velzquez's (Spanish, 15991660) Portrait of a Man, which has revealed it as a picture of astonishing freshness and striking presence, undeniably an autograph work by the seventeenth-century Spanish master. In his introduction, Keith Christiansen describes the provenance of the portrait, the vicissitudes of its attribution since it was first considered by the scholar August L. Mayer in 1917, and his own acquaintance with the painting over three decades, which culminated in the transformative cleaning in the summer of 2009. Jonathan Brown, the leading Velzquez scholar of our time, offers an intriguing identification of the sitter, while conservator Michael Gallagher presents an illuminating account of his cleaning and restoration of the work. Included among the illustrations are other relevant paintings by the artist, including Las Meninas and the Surrender of Breda; reproductions from periodicals showing the condition of the portrait in the early twentieth century; before- and after- treatment photographs; and numerous informative details.

24 pages, 21 illustrations (16 in full color). 8 1/2'' x 11''. Paper.

  • 24 pages
  • 21 illustrations (16 in full color)
  • 8 1/2'' x 11''
  • Paper

Art History

When the Portrait of a Man came to the Metropolitan Museum in 1949 as part of the collection of financier Jules S. Bache, it was identified as a Velzquez self- portrait and had already undergone at least two restorations that had seriously compromised its original appearance. Subsequent treatment further dulled its surface to the extent that in 1979 the painting was downgraded to a workshop production. However, a recent cleaning of the portrait revealed it as a picture of astonishing freshness and striking presence.

Customer Reviews




Description

Introduction by Keith Christiansen; Essays by Jonathan Brown and Michael Gallagher

Velzquez Rediscovered documents the recent cleaning of Diego Velzquez's (Spanish, 15991660) Portrait of a Man, which has revealed it as a picture of astonishing freshness and striking presence, undeniably an autograph work by the seventeenth-century Spanish master. In his introduction, Keith Christiansen describes the provenance of the portrait, the vicissitudes of its attribution since it was first considered by the scholar August L. Mayer in 1917, and his own acquaintance with the painting over three decades, which culminated in the transformative cleaning in the summer of 2009. Jonathan Brown, the leading Velzquez scholar of our time, offers an intriguing identification of the sitter, while conservator Michael Gallagher presents an illuminating account of his cleaning and restoration of the work. Included among the illustrations are other relevant paintings by the artist, including Las Meninas and the Surrender of Breda; reproductions from periodicals showing the condition of the portrait in the early twentieth century; before- and after- treatment photographs; and numerous informative details.

24 pages, 21 illustrations (16 in full color). 8 1/2'' x 11''. Paper.





  • 24 pages
  • 21 illustrations (16 in full color)
  • 8 1/2'' x 11''
  • Paper




Art History

When the Portrait of a Man came to the Metropolitan Museum in 1949 as part of the collection of financier Jules S. Bache, it was identified as a Velzquez self- portrait and had already undergone at least two restorations that had seriously compromised its original appearance. Subsequent treatment further dulled its surface to the extent that in 1979 the painting was downgraded to a workshop production. However, a recent cleaning of the portrait revealed it as a picture of astonishing freshness and striking presence.


You May Also Like

Your Recently Viewed Items

    click to view next item

    Help And Information