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The Modern Art Notes Podcast: Jonathan Brown

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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Jonathan Brown, America’s top historian of Spanish art. Brown has just published “Murillo: Virtuoso Draftsman,” a catalogue raisonne of drawings by the great Spanish golden age artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo. The book is published by Yale University Press. This year Brown is also the director of the Academic Chair of the Museo del Prado in Madrid. His responsibilities include the delivery of six public lectures, three last month and three in the fall. (The program is comparable  to the Mellon Lectures at the National Gallery of Art, which Brown has also delivered.)

Brown is a professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Many of his books, including “The Golden Age of Painting in Spain,” Velazquez, Painter and Courtier,” and “A Palace for a King. The Buen Retiro and the Court of Philip IV,” co-written with John H. Elliott, are the key texts in the field. Brown has also curated numerous exhibitions for the Prado and has worked with many American museums, including the Met, the Frick and the National Gallery on Spanish art and attribution issues.

On this week’s show Brown and I discuss:

  • How Murillo worked through his practice, from concept to drawing to painting, making small but crucial changes along the way;
  • The relationship between Velazquez’s fame and Murillo’s fame, and why they were once linked;
  • Murillo’s place within Seville’s golden-age-within-a-golden-age, a place and time that also included Zurbaran and Herrera the Younger;
  • Velazquez’s Las Meninas;
  • Under-recognized Spanish artists Brown thinks more Americans should know; and
  • Brown’s quite personal Prado lectures.

In the show’s second segment, Carnegie Museum of Art curatorial assistant Amanda Donnan talks about the CMOA’s superb 2013 Carnegie International blog. The site is a smart, erudite mix look at how four of the people working on the International look, see, think and engage their community. The Carnegie International opens on October 5, 2013.

To download or subscribe to The Modern Art Notes Podcast via iTunes, click here. To download the program directly, click here. To subscribe to The MAN Podcast’s RSS feed, click here. You can stream the program through the player below.

The Modern Art Notes Podcast is an independent production of Modern Art Notes Media. It is released under this Creative Commons license. This week’s show was edited by Wilson Butterworth. For images of the works discussed on this week’s show, click through to the jump.

Murillo, Self-Portrait, ca. 1670-73. Collection of The National Gallery, London.

Murillo, Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, ca. 1665. Collection of the Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen.

Murillo, Virgin of the Immaculate Conception with Worshipers, ca. 1665-70. Collection of the Louvre, Paris.

Murillo, The Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1650-56. Collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Murillo, The Adoration of the Magi, ca. 1655-60. Collection of the Toledo Museum of Art.

Murillo, Saint Isidore, ca. 1655. Collection of the Louvre, Paris.

Murillo, Saint Isidore, ca. 1655. Collection of The British Museum, London.

Murillo, Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. Collection of The Morgan Library, New York.

Murillo, The Infant St. John the Baptist. Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Murillo, Virgin and Child, ca. 1670-75. Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Murillo, Virgin and Child, ca. 1670-72. Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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