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The Solemnity of Shadows: Juan Laurent's Vision of Spain
November 7 – December 30, 2011
East Building Ground Level, Library

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: Juan Laurent (1816–1886) is a preeminent figure in the history of Spanish photography. The Gallery's department of image collections presents a selection of 23 rare albumen photographs and two albums by Laurent and his company, with particular focus on his photographs of Spanish art and architecture. Through the successful commercialization of Laurent's excellent archive of photographs of historic monuments and city views, as well as through his reproductions of works of art from the Museo del Prado and the Royal Palace in Madrid, Laurent became the most important and recognizable trade photographer in 19th-century Spain. His city views include Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca, Valladolid, Sevilla, Madrid, El Escorial, Barcelona, Elche, Granada, Burgos, and Valencia.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Image: J. Laurent and Company, General interior view of the new plaza de toros, Madrid, c. 1874, albumen silver print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Department of Image Collections

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