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Alonso Sánchez Coello, ​The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia (1566–1633) and Magdalena Ruiz​, c. 1585–88, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. © Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado

Spanish Old Masters in the Modern Era

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

This event is sold out. Standby tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the lecture at the Brown Auditorium Theater box office. Please note that standby access is not guaranteed; guests in the standby line will be accommodated only if seating is available.

Presented by Deborah Roldán, MFAH assistant director of exhibitions, in conjunction with the exhibition Portrait of Spain: Masterpieces from the Prado.

When the Spanish Old Masters were "discovered" in the 19th century—their splendid works previously unknown outside of Spain, hidden from view in royal and noble collections and far-flung churches—they were never to be forgotten again. The Spanish School's place within the Western canon was assured. As such, the influence of its great painters would be felt into the modern era, and continues to reverberate today. Sargent, Chase, Eakins, and Henri were among the first of their generation to find within Spanish painting the truth, realism, and technical bravura with which they sought to imbue their own representations of modern life. This talk reveals the fascinating heritage of Spanish painting in American art from the late 19th century through the early 20th century.

General admission to the MFAH is free on Thursdays, courtesy of Shell. This event is free, but tickets are required. Secure your seat by downloading tickets in advance! Tickets are available online by clicking the "get tickets" link above, by phone at 713.639.7771, or in person at any MFAH admissions desk.

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