The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has the strongest holdings of prints by Francisco de Goya in this country. Moreover, the MFA has been a center for the study and appreciation of Goya for more than half a century. In preparation for a major exhibition opening at the MFA in October 2014 – Goya: Hand and Mind – this lecture will bring to the forefront the numerous Boston collectors, curators, dealers and, in no small part, the artists who played a role in the formation of the collection. These same figures made the collection available through scholarship, exhibition, and public access. The curious characters include the artist Walter Gay, Philip Hofer at Houghton Library, and Eleanor Sayre at the MFA. The taste for collecting Goya in Boston is inextricably part of the European and American fervor for collecting Spanish art in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In recent years, several studies have focused on the formation of British and New York private and public collections of Spanish art. The particular Bostonian character of this phenomenon will be brought to light in this talk.
Stephanie Loeb Stepanek is Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has been associated with the Museum of Fine Arts, serving in many capacities, for more than 35 years. She worked closely with former curator and internationally known Goya scholar Eleanor A. Sayre (1916-2001) on two major Goya exhibitions with catalogues, The Changing Image: Prints by Francisco Goya (1974)
and Goya and the Sprit of Enlightenment (1989). She has also published on Lucas van Leyden for an exhibition in Boston and Washington (1983) and Winslow Homer. She is planning a Goya exhibition to be held at the MFA in 2014.
Free and open to the public. For more information contact José I. Alvarez Fernández at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or 617-264-7721.
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