The National Museum of Fine Arts opens new room for 19th century collection

3:56 PM Sandra Gutrejde 1 Comments

The National Museum of Fine Arts has reopened to the public, after 70 years, the rooms for the Guerrico Collection, which include ivory pieces, vases, silver pieces, and a group of European sculptures and paintings from the 19th century, which from now on are an integral part of the permanent collection of the museum

Considered as the first Argentine collector, Manuel José de Guerrico (1800-1876) started to build his art collection at his home in Paris, which he brought to Argentina in 1848. It was later enriched by his son José Prudencio (1837-102), who donated 22 pieces with the purpose of contributing to the creation of the National Museum of Fine Arts in 1859. In 1938 the whole of the collection, that is now on exhibition, was donated to the museum by the descendants of both collectors. It was composed of 627 pieces: paintings, sculptures, miniatures, porcelains, boxes, fans, lacquers, ivories, crystals, wood carvings, silver pieces. On that year the collection was in exhibition for a while and then put away in the deposit. Today the pieces of this collection are exhibited again in a room especially built to recreate the way in which art collections were displayed at the end of the 19th century, with dim lights and dark walls.

Some of the outstanding pieces of the collection are: works from the Barbizon School; "The sacrifice of Melquisedec"; scenes from the Flemish genre; religious Italian and Spanish paintings; "Monk praying", by Francisco Zurbarán; "Diana Surprised" (picture), by Joseph Lefebvre; "The murder of Dr Manuel Vicente Mazza", by Prilidiano Pueyrredón, "Portrait of André Gil" and "Rocks", by Gustave Courbet; "Ville d`Avray", by Camille Corot, among others. There are also some works from previous centuries, like "Hebrews picking up Manna in the desert", by Giovanni Tiépolo (1692-1769).

Among the sculptures, a dozen of anonymous bronzes from the 17th and 18th centuries; some pieces by artists like Gustave Doré and Antonio Tantardini; and the work "La defense" by Auguste Rodin, along with Japanese carvings, or silver Argentine "mates" from the colonial times.

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9/29/2008

    Buenos aires is my favorite city.
    I stayed at melo y junin in Recoleta area.
    Love the musuem of Fine Art.
    I also love the Argeninian Italian accent in Spanish.
    So much to see and the los edificios fanatsticos.