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The Solemnity of Shadows: Juan Laurent's Vision of Spain

November 7 – December 30, 2011
East Building, Ground Floor, Library

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

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

Overview: 22 albumen prints, 3 photographic albums, a glass plate negative, and a related print were shown in this exhibition of views of Spain created by Spanish photographer Juan Laurent and his company. Most of the photographs of historic monuments and Spanish cities were created between 1862 and 1879. A photograph reproducing a painting in the Prado Museum by J. Lacoste, who took over the firm in 1900, also was included.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art. Thomas O'Callaghan, image specialist for Spanish art, and Gregory Most, chief of library image collections, were curators.

Brochure: The Solemnity of Shadows: Juan Laurent's Vision of Spain Exhibition Checklist, by Thomas O'Callaghan. Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2011.