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European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards 2014

Van Dyck en España


Dr Matías Díaz Padrón (1935-2022)
Dr Ana Diéguez-Rodríguez
Jahel Sanzsalazar

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Price59.9€ (VAT included)


AwardsEuropean Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards 2014

Description Van Dyck in Spain is the first relevant study focused on the link between this artist and Spain in the 17th century. It is a detailed research which includes both the works of art preserved in our country and those ones that have been exported throughout the history, being forgotten its spanish origin as a consequence. Compositional, aesthetic, stylistic, iconographic and historical features of each painting have been exhaustively analysed in this book, which also includes an extensive bibliography.
One important novelty in this book is the investigation, through spanish documental sources (theorists, writers, poets, etcetera), of the artist influence on the social, artistic and cultural spanish circles in the 17th century, together with the mark that his works of art left on the spanish painters from this time. His influence reaches all the painters belonging to the schools of Madrid and Sevilla, including Velázquez and Murillo.
Conclusions and discoveries obtained in this study are amazing. After looking in several archives and documentation, the works of art trail has been possible to follow so that most of them are located in museums, as well as in american and european private collections.
Found originals, disappeared paintings, copies and works from the workshop are distributed in the catalogue attending to the theme depicted on them. It has been possible to demonstrate the spanish origin of important works of art, such as the portrait of Charles I of England (Le Roi à la Chasse) in the Louvre Museum, Saint Rosalie in the Munich Art Gallery, The Continence of Scipio in the Christ Church in Oxford and The three Martyrdoms of Saint Sebastian, among many others. The marquis of Leganés, the count of Monterrey, the admiral of Castile and the marquis of Carpio and Eliche (who amassed more works of art by Van Dyck than the King of England itself) are some of the collectors who can be considered the real patrons of the artist. The collectors and the works of art prove, qualitatively and quantitatively, the important role of Van Dyck’s art in the history of the spanish collecting.
- New paintings by Van Dyck discovered in Spain.
- One hundred and twelve paintings by Van Dyck carefully reproduced and studied.
- Van Dyck’s influence on contemporary spanish painters and, specially, on Velázquez and Murillo, who was called “The spanish Van Dyck”.
- The great interest for the Van Dyck’s art in Spain during the 17th century.
This book is the result of an arduous research, which origin is the doctoral thesis of the author and which is nowadays available in collaboration with his disciples Jahel Sanzsalazar and Ana Diéguez, together with the support of Magdala García S. de la Barreda.