Goya Returns

Don Manuel

JUNE 4 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2021 
BLANK 3 GALLERY 
ORGANIZED BY CURATORIAL MANAGER LAURA BURKHALTER

Goya’s portrait of Don Mañuel Garcia de la Prada entered the Art Center’s collection in 1953 with the deliberate goal to add a traditional “masterpiece” to the museum’s collection. In recent years, the Art Center staff realized the need for the 200-year old painting to be cleaned and conserved. This delicate task has finally been achieved, and we are proud to re-introduce Don Prada to our community, looking literally better than he has in decades. In celebration of this return, the painting will be surrounded with the Goya prints in the collection, representing several of the Spanish genius’ satirical and nightmarish works.

(Above) Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (Spanish, 1746 – 1828)
Don Mañuel Garcia de la Prada, ca. 1805–1808
Oil on canvas
80 7/8 × 48 1/4 inches
Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 1953.15

entirely unexpected