May 16, 1995 |
Jose Maria Luzon is an affable archeologist who labors amid the majesty of Velasquez and Titian, the virtuosity of Goya and Rubens, and the certainty of few illusions. "We really have gotten ourselves into a fine mess, haven't we?" asked an undismayed Luzon, assessing the situation at the Prado, the Madrid art museum that is the pinnacle of Spanish culture. Now in its 176th year, the Prado is in trouble, a victim of its age, the sheer size of its collections--its very popularity.
January 24, 1990 |
Baron Hans Heinrich von Thyssen, the West German steel billionaire, is moving out of Lugano for artistic and financial reasons. Thyssen, who has long argued that Switzerland does not offer any attractive tax advantages, is offering to sell Villa Favorita, his home-cum-museum, to the town but officials declined to comment on reports that the asking price is $30 million.
June 14, 2012 |
Using a new dating technique, researchers from Britain, Spain and Portugal have shown that cave art in Spain is the oldest in Europe, as much as 10,000 years older than some previously dated cave art in France. The oldest art they found was nearly 41,000 years old, which means it was produced about the same time that anatomically modern humans first entered Europe from Africa. That means either that the modern humans brought the technique with them from Africa, that their new creativity was inspired by conflict and competition with the Neanderthals, or that the art was done by the Neanderthals themselves, said archaeologist Joao Zilhao of the University of Barcelona.
October 26, 2007 |
MADRID -- Master guitar-maker Arcangel Fernandez has stopped taking orders. He's been at it for 50 years, fashioning delicate wooden shells into lacquered beauties, and at age 75 he has enough work for the rest of his life. However, the aficionados buying his coveted $13,000 instruments are not local musicians but Japanese collectors -- an alarming sign that the art form considered so intrinsically Spanish is declining in its birthplace and is now more popular among foreigners.
August 13, 2000 |
Five visitors stand in the bright daylight outside the extraordinary cave. A guide switches off the yellow floor lights and slams the heavy metal door, sealing the entrance for another day. It is rid of body heat and contaminating breath. Pitch black. Cool. The only sound is water dripping from stalactites. The cave is at rest again, just as it was for 14,000 years until a hunter stumbled upon the entrance 132 years ago.
March 15, 1992 |
After 70 years of painting, Esteban Vicente still has to paint. The 89-year-old painter and collage artist is one of the last active members of the first generation of the New York School, the group of Abstract Expressionists that included Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollack and Franz Kline. Born in Spain, he regularly accompanied his father on visits to the Prado Museum in Madrid beginning at age 4. In the 1920s, after studying sculpture in art school, he turned to painting.