MADRID HOSTS 29th INTERNATIONAL ART & ANTIQUES SHOW RARE DON QUIXOTE ENGRAVINGS IN SPANISH CAPITAL

MADRID, Spain, September 12, 2005 – This November Madrid will host Feriarte, the 29th Annual International Art & Antiques Fair – one of Europe’s top three such events – bringing together art lovers with antique dealers and gallery owners from around the world. From November 19 to 27, more than 200 exhibitors will showcase some 17,000 rare and unusual works – including many Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Edwardian and Alfonsino styles at IFEMA, the city’s exhibition and convention center. Twentieth century paintings and sculpture from renowned masters and established contemporary artists will also be for sale. Last year more than 36,000 attended the week-long event and this year officials are expecting even more will visit.
At Feriarte, consumers and professionals will be able to peruse thousands of antiques and ancient artifacts, century-old Asian and African art, rare furniture, porcelain and silver, old masters and modern paintings, sculpture, jewelry and watches. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to purchase these items directly at the fair.
Throughout 2005 Spain has been celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of Miguel de Cervantes’ classic “Don Quixote.” Running concurrently with the art fair will be a rare show of original drawings and engravings inspired by the masterpiece, “Don Quixote through the Ages” at Galeria de Arte Alfama, a Madrid art gallery from November 23 through January 13, 2005. More than 130 works by celebrated English, French, German, Italian and Spanish artists present a veritable history of engraving of the early 18th through the 20th centuries. Beginning in the 1700’s, artists such as Manuel Monfort y Asensi (1736-1806), the most important engraver in 18th century Valencia and Antonio Carnicero (1748-1814), a contemporary of Goya, who was a painter in the courts of Carlos IV and Fernando VII were inspired by the tales of the Knight Errant. The popular portrait painter and satirist William Hogarth (1697-1764) whose engravings captured the contemporary moral, and often immoral, tone of the times produced a series of Don Quixote engravings as did Charles Antoine Coypel (1694-1752) the premier peintre du roi, or first painter of the French king and chief artist of the duc d’Orleans and Bernard Picart (1673-1733), a French printmaker who studied in Amsterdam and recorded religious and cultural ceremonies of 18th century life. An ensemble of six copper etchings by Coypel and engraved by Picart are included in the exhibition. One of the primary tastemakers in France during the 1700s, Charles Nicholas Cochin (1715-1790), produced drawings of Cervantes’ hero as well as creating commemorative prints for every birth, marriage and funeral at the court of Louis XV.
Gustave Doré (1823-1883), the most popular and successful book illustrator in mid 19th century France, exhibited a love of the grotesque in the Romantic style of the day in his drawings of the Man of La Mancha. Other 19th century works on display are by French engravers Bartolomeo Pinelli (1781-1835) and Adolphe Lalauze, (1838-1906) and those by Thomas Stothard (1755-1834) a British book illustrator, painter and Librarian of the Royal Academy. Late 19th and early 20th century engravings include those by Carlos Luis Ribera (1815-1891), one of the leading painters of Spanish romanticism; Ricardo de los Rios (1846-1929), a prolific illustrator; William Strang (1859-1921) a British etcher and engraver, and Francisco Esteve Botey (1884-1950), an important Catalan engraver. A map by Manuel Rodríguez depicts Don Quixote’s travels through La Mancha.
Feriarte will be open to the general public from 11:30 AM to 9 PM daily from November 19 to the 27. Admission is $8.70 (7 euros) and the catalogue is $18.70 (15 euros). A 9-day pass including the catalogue is $36.15 (29 euros). For more information, contact: Feriarte at: 011-34-91-722-30-00; fax: 011-34-91-722-57-8; go to: www.ifema.es/ferias/feriarte. Exhibitors may contact: Exhibition Manager Ana Larranaga at 011-34-902-22-16-16. From November 23 through January 13, 2006, at Galeria de Arte Alfama “Don Quixote through the Ages” will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM and 6 PM to 9 PM and Mondays 6 PM to 9 PM. The gallery is located at Serrano, 7, 28001 Madrid; 011-34-915-76-00-88. Go to www.galeriaalfama.com. For more information about Spain, contact the Tourist Office of Spain at www.okspain.org