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Banco de España Collection - Catalogue Raisonné

The Banco de España’s art collection is the legacy of an artistic heritage built up over more than two hundred years. It includes a wide range of works of art which reflect the political, economic and cultural history of the institution from its foundation in 1782 to the present day. Although much of this heritage was not intended to form part of a collection, over time, it has come to represent one of the finest in Spain and the european System of Central Banks.

This catalogue raisonné has been conceived as an extension and review of the catalogue of paintings published in 1985 containing 322 works of art. in the current edition, the field of study has been broadened to encompass sculpture, drawings and photography, leaving the decorative arts and the exceptionally well-endowed collection of prints for future research.

The result of this project is a three-volume catalogue which reproduces more than 1,400 works of art by some 500 artists, reflecting the growth of the Bank’s collection from the mid-1980s to the present day. A truly comprehensive study of the Banco de españa’s artistic heritage essentially aimed at contributing to the dissemination, research, enjoyment and knowledge of this public collection by the general public, experts and art lovers.

Volume I

Volume i brings together 263 works of art dating from the 15th century to the first half
of the 20th century, and includes an introductory essay by the curator of the Banco de
España, Yolanda Romero, two extensive texts by Javier Portús, head of Conservation of
Spanish Painting at the Museo del Prado, and an article by the art historian Isabel Tejeda,
all with translations into english. Readers will also find extensive documentation on each
catalogued piece, along with critical remarks by as many as twenty-two experts and the
biographies of the artists included in this volume.

Volume II

Volume II brings together more than 500 works of art from the contemporary collection, dating from the mid-20th century to 2018 and set out in alphabetical order, from Ignasi Aballí to Absalon Kirkeby. It also includes a conversation between José María Viñuela, curator of the Banco de España between 1982 and 2015, and Yolanda Romero, the current curator, in which they analyse the milestones marking the creation of the contemporary collection, under their artistic guidance. A translation into english of this conversation is provided.

Each work of art reproduced here is accompanied by documentation and critical remarks by as many as twenty-two experts, along with the biographies of the artists included in this volume.

Volume III

Volume III includes 580 works of art from the contemporary collection, dating from
the mid-20th century to 2018 and set out in alphabetical order, from Carmen Laffón to
Edwin Zwakman.

Each work of art reproduced here is accompanied by documentation and critical remarks
by as many as twenty-two experts, along with the biographies of the artists included in
this volume.

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