Dimensions: 17 x 24 cm (width x height)
Paperback binding with dust jacket.
150 masterpieces reproduced full page and full color, each accompanied by a technical data sheet and commentary on the work.
With texts by the Museum's curators: Paloma Alarcó, María Eugenia Alonso, Mar Borobia, Dolores Delgado, Juan Ángel López-Manzanares, Clara Marcellán and Marta Ruiz del Árbol.
In 2022 it will be thirty years since the opening of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid in October 1992. But the origins of the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection date back to the early years of the 20th century, when the German industrialist August Thyssen (1842-1926) acquired seven marbles by Rodin for his Landsberg castle. It was Heinrich (1875-1947), August's son, who became Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, who after his father's death in 1926 began to acquire what are still the main Old Master paintings and sculptures in this collection. Upon Heinrich's death in 1947, his son and principal heir Hans Heinrich (1921-2002), first set about rebuilding his father's collection by buying back from his brothers some of the works they had inherited, and then expanded it with new acquisitions, also starting a collection of modern masters in 1961. Hans Heinrich ("Heini") promoted the international diffusion of his collection by commissioning the publication of specialized catalogs and organizing exhibitions all over the world. In 1988, the baron and his Spanish wife, Carmen, signed an agreement with the Spanish government to exhibit to the public seven hundred and seventy-five masterpieces from his collection, and four years later, in 1992, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum opened its doors within the ancient walls of the Villahermosa Palace, in an interior created by the architect Rafael Moneo. Since then, seven hundred and fifteen works have been displayed on its walls. In June 1993, the collection was acquired by the Spanish State. The Carmen Thyssen Collection was born as a natural continuation of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection with the commitment made to Carmen Thyssen that her collection would be deposited in the museum. In 2021 a new agreement was signed extending this deposit of works for a further fifteen years.
This volume presents a new selection of masterpieces from both the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza collection and the Carmen Thyssen Collection.