Queen Sofía Spanish Institute is proud to offer the catalogue accompanying Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress. Conceived by Institute Chairman Oscar de la Renta and curated by Vogue’s André Leon Tally, this seminal exhibition analyzes the rich history of Spain’s regional clothing styles through the monumental paintings of Valencian artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida (1863–1923). Celebrated as a painter of light and hailed as a “modern of the moderns” by art critic Duncan Phillips, Sorolla was one of the most successful artists of his time, lauded for his free brushwork and his exceptional ability to capture atmosphere. For the first time, Sorolla’s vivid depictions of Spanish life are shown side by side with the types of costumes they portray in a spectacular display of Spain’s traditional dress in all its glory.
This exclusive catalogue—featuring forewords by Oscar de la Renta and Harold Koda, curator in charge of The Costume Institute, and an introduction by André Leon Talley—has been edited by curatorial research associates Molly Sorkin and Jennifer Park and consists of an anthology of essays on Joaquín Sorolla and Spanish regional dress by prominent scholars in the fields of art history and costume studies. Catalogue design and exhibition graphics have been created by Pace Kaminsky. The volume reflects dynamic design created for the show by set designer Stefan Beckman, whose prestigious client list includes Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Cartier, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.