Artful Thursday Lecture: Spanish Old Masters in the Modern Era

MFAH Prado audio-photo essay, December 2012, Sánchez Coello, The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia
Alonso Sánchez Coello, ​The Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia (1566–1633) and Magdalena Ruiz​, c. 1585–88, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Photo courtesy of © Photographic Archive, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid

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

Event Details


2.7.13 | 6:30 pm


1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


Ticket Info

Admission is free.