Romantic Spain: David Roberts and Genaro Pérez Villaamil

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Abstract

David Roberts (1796–1864) and Genaro Pérez Villaamil (1807–1854) were two of the most important landscape painters of European Romanticism. Their views of monuments, cities and landscapes, often with a flavour of traditional life, helped to forge a Romantic image of Spain that is still palpable today.

This catalogue, which accompanies the exhibition of the same name in the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, offers new perspectives on the dialogue between the work of both artists in the context of the cultural discovery of the Spain, North Africa and the Middle East by artist-travellers in the nineteenth century. Adopting a comparative approach, the six texts and over 120 catalogue entries written by eleven experts led by Claudia Hopkins, curator of the show and editor of this volume, cover the trajectories of both artists, starting with their first encounter in Seville in 1833.

The authors examine Roberts’s influence on Villaamil in depth for the first time and reveal important differences in their respective visions of Spain. For Roberts, Spain was a timeless and exotic nation. Although Villaamil shared Roberts’s fascination with Andalusia, he shifted attention towards the north and often defied the cultural cliches promoted by the Scottish artist. Villaamil offered a patriotic image of a Catholic Spain, which was opening itself up to progress. By the 1850s, both artists responded in similar ways to modern developments in their respective countries.

The catalogue, which includes unpublished artworks, is richly illustrated with images of drawings, paintings and prints, as well as manuscripts and ceramics, enabling the reader to draw numerous parallels.
Translated title of the contributionRomantic Spain: David Roberts and Genaro Pérez Villaamil
Original languageSpanish
PublisherCentro de Estudios Europa Hispanica
Commissioning bodyCentro de Estudios Europa Hispánica
Number of pages512
ISBN (Print)9788415245933
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Romanticism
  • Scottish-Spanish artistic relations
  • Spain
  • Orientalism
  • nineteenth-century landscape painting

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