VICENTE CARDUCHO. TEORÍA Y PRÁCTICA DEL DIBUJO EN EL SIGLO DE ORO
Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional de España, 29/5/2015 - 6/9/2015
Isabel García-Toraño, Álvaro Pascual Chenel and Ángel Rodríguez Rebollo
Biblioteca Nacional de España, Intervenciones NF and CEEH
Vicente Carducho (Florence, c. 1576 – Madrid, 1638) devoted intense attention to drawing throughout his artistic career and exerted great influence on the Madrid school of painting of the first half of the seventeenth century. This is the first exhibition to focus on his activity as a draughtsman, through a selection of pieces mainly from the Biblioteca Nacional de España, the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, as well as other Spanish public and private collections.
The show surveys Carducho’s long career from El Escorial to Valladolid, El Pardo, Madrid and the monastery of Santa María de El Paular, examining his principal commissions for the Crown and several religious orders. His abundant oeuvre on paper allows us to reconstruct the creative process and execution of his most notable works, giving an idea of the involvement of his large workshop and his subsequent influence on other painters. Other pieces featured in the exhibition – oil paintings in small format, engravings, books and documents – show Carducho to be an outstanding intellectual of the Golden Age, both as a theoretician and treatise writer and as an advocate of painting as a liberal art.
This exhibition accompanies the publication of the catalogue raisonné of Vicente Carducho’s drawings, which is published by CEEH in collaboration with the Biblioteca Nacional de España.