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Art historian Jonathan Brown lectures on Philip IV, the first modern collector, January 26



In response to what he calls the recent “phenomenal growth of interest in Spanish art,” art historian Jonathan Brown will discuss “Philip IV of Spain, the Greatest Picture Collector of the Seventeenth Century.” Over the course of his nearly 45-year reign, 1621 to 1665, Philip IV built the Spanish royal collection into “the largest and finest in Europe,” with “more paintings than walls.” In the process, he created both the international reputations of artists now considered pillars of the Renaissance, including Velasquez and Rubens, and the institution of picture collecting as an international undertaking. Brown is a professor at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and a leading art expert on Spanish art 1400-1700. He is also a curator and the prolific author of what the Virginia Quarterly Review calls “readable, scholarly studies…benchmarks”—he has written or co-written more than 25 books and catalogues on Spanish and Latin American art. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Robert Lehman Foundation.


4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 26


Reed College, Psychology Auditorium, Room 105, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland. For parking, please use Reed’s East Parking Lot, off Woodstock.


Free and open to the public.


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