Past Exhibition

Imagenes del Pueblo: Spanish Popular Graphics from the Permanent Collection

January 28–July 22, 2012

Golden Gallery

THE REPLY (CONTESTACION), ca. 1822, Valencia, Spain, Woodcut, Purchased with Funds from the Ford Motor Co., 2000.48.18a, Photography by Peggy Tenison


Over the past twenty years the Museum has assembled a collection of more than one hundred works of Spanish graphic art produced during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. All but a few were created by anonymous artists for popular distribution to the masses of the Spanish population. Most were printed on ordinary and inexpensive paper as woodblock prints, etchings, lithographs, or later chromolithographic prints. With the popularization of printing, religious images, romantic stories, lurid and often gruesome accounts of crimes and natural disasters, and other topics became easily and inexpensively disseminated to the vast majority of society.

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