Spain: Romanesque Paintings. Pref

Spain: Romanesque Paintings. Pref

Spain: Romanesque Paintings. Pref

Spain: Romanesque Paintings. Pref

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When, a third of a century ago, I began publishing my first studies in Spanish Romanesque painting, a preliminary cycle of research on that subject was just drawing to a close. Years of hard work had gone into this research, which was to be the starting-point of the wide-spread and well-deserved renown of medieval painting in the early Iberian kingdoms.

In recent years, the growing international appreciation of Romanesque painting has shown itself in many ways. Apart from the extensive bibliography on the subject, to which the present work can now be added, it is worth while to mention the inauguration in Barcelona, in 1934, of the Art Museum of Catalonia, which includes, along with the fine specimens assembled ten years before, the remarkable collection of L. Plandiura. Furthermore, the Prado Museum in Madrid held, in 1950, the first public exhibition of the magnificent group of paintings from Maderuelo, a remote town in the province of Segovia where I had occasion to study them before reproducing them in 1929. Outside Spain, mention should also be made of the inauguration in 1945 of the Musée de la Fresque at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, which for the time being, however, contains no more than costly copies of the admirable French originals, still threatened with complete disappearance, as the eminent art historian, Emile Mâle, warned us as early as 1905.

Spain, like other, Christian countries, has some remarkable pre-Romanesque works . . .

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