The Printed Word: Image, Text and Meaning

Text and image come under discussion in European prints from the 16th to the 20th century by or after artists as diverse as Samuel Palmer, Goya, Grosz and Miró. Inscriptions on portraits, literary references in historical images, lettering styles, and text as an element of composition: all these fascinating issues are explored. The display includes … Read more

Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)

Don’t Scream, Silly (No Grites, Tonta) Madrid, 1799 Etching with aquatint and drypoint Plate: 21.5 x 15.8 cm, mount: 56 x 40.5 cm Plate 74 from Los Caprichos. Goya’s commentary reads: “Poor little Francisca! She was looking for the footman and she met the goblin. But don’t be afraid! The goblin is in a good … Read more

ONLY LIGHT AND SHADOW

Francisco de Goya worked in a politically turbulent period of Spanish history, notoriously articulating his fears and observations through his masterful treatment of light and shadow in his prints. This display of examples from the Barber’s collection places five of Goya’s enigmatic works among those by other Spanish artists, such as Picasso and Miró, who … Read more

Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) after Diego Velázquez

The Dwarf El Primo Madrid, 1778 Etching 390 x 280 mm El Primo, named Diego de Acedo, was a dwarf in the service of the Spanish Royal Court during the 17th century. The books and documents around him indicate his intellectual occupation working in the Royal Printing office, but their size also highlights his dwarfism. … Read more

First Impressions

Early Acquisitions of Prints for the Barber Collection The Barber Institute’s collection of works on paper is famed for its exemplary quality, due in no small part to the acquisitions of its first Director, Professor Thomas Bodkin. This display focuses on the prints purchased for the collection in 1939, the year the Barber Institute opened, … Read more

Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)

Loyalty, Plate 17 from ‘The Proverbs’ Spain, about 1816 Etching with aquatint and drypoint 244 X 357 MM Goya’s final series of etchings, The Proverbs (Los Proverbios), also known as Disparetes or Absurdities, remain his most mysterious and enigmatic. Featuring a group of monks and friars, Loyalty appears to be concerned with the licentious behaviour … Read more

ABOUT FACE

European Portrait Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London, the Royal Collection and the Courtauld Gallery For the first time in the history of the Barber Institute, major paintings by Rembrandt, Goya, Lucas van Leyden and Cezanne will hang in its galleries in this fascinating interspersed display. Lady Barber stipulated that the collection to be acquired … Read more

THE COLLECTION

Works of art on paper are perhaps the fastest area of growth for the collection and there are now over a thousand drawings and prints covering six centuries of the draughtsman’s and printmaker’s art.  There is a small but very fine selection of old master drawings with magnificent sheets by Dürer, Ingres, Rembrandt, Pietro da … Read more