Mrs. William Wetmore modeling a Delphos gown in front of Fortuny fabric. Originally published in Vogue, December 15, 1935. Photograph by Lusha Nelson | Copyright © Condé Nast Publications.
The seminal exhibition organized by Queen Sofia Spanish Institute presents Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy. The exhibition, on view from November 30, 2012 through March 30, 2013, examines the work of celebrated Spanish artist and designer Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871–1949) in the context of the family of artists from which he descended. Conceived by and curated with Oscar de la Renta, chairman of the Institute’s board of directors, this will be the first exhibition to examine the impact of both the matrilineal and paternal artistic legacies on Fortuny’s groundbreaking work in numerous fields, from textile and clothing design to visual arts, and elaborating on the origins and influences that shaped his extraordinary career.
Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy will be accompanied by a series of related public programs that will additionally serve to reinforce the Institute’s mission of promoting greater awareness and understanding of the culture of Spain in the United States through a steadfast dedication to advancing scholarship in the arts. Please check the website http://www.qssi.org for a schedule of events.