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EL Museo Imaginado: a virtual museum of Spanish paintings outside Spain

  • Paz Fernández (a1) and Federico García Serrano (a2)


The main aims of the Museo imaginado project are to create a virtual museum of Spanish paintings held outside Spain, and a virtual special documentation centre on this topic, as a focus for other studies and research tools. Most of the important museums in the world contain masterpieces by Spanish painters and our target is to collect them together in a database which records their history, their provenance and the travels and trials they have undergone before arriving at their present destination. Today, the meeting up of technological skills and art history research has made it possible for us to make this information available to the public and to the academic world.


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1. Gaya Nuño, Juan Antonio. Pintura española fuera de España. Madrid: Espasa. Calpe, 1958.
2. García Serrano, Federico. El Museo imaginado: museo virtual y base de datos de la pintura española fuera de España. Fernández, Documentación Paz y Serrano, F. García. – Madrid: MUSIMA, 2000. 2 vols. This work has recently received the Ramón Gómez de la Serna Award given by the Asociación de críticos de arte de Madrid.
3. Elena Conejo was the compiler of the Bibliography database annexed to the Paintings database, both published on the CD-ROM. This bibliography is structured according to author, title/subtitle, place of publication, publisher and date (year).
4. Lafuente Ferrari, Enrique. Breve historia de la pintura española. Madrid: Akal, 1987. 2 vols.
5. We would like to thank the curators and librarians who generously took time to help us with the inventory and who identified new works for us.
6. For instance, Goya’s portrait in the National Gallery in London will appear as: Ref.: 99201. Autor: Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de. Título: Doña Isabel Cobos de Porcel. Fecha: 1800-1806. Técnica: Lienzo. Dimensiones: 0,82 × 0,54 cm. Localización: Londres, National Gallery. Sala: Goya. Comentarios: Catalogado con el número 1473. Vendido en 1887 a Isidoro Urzáiz, a cuyos herederos lo adquirió la National Gallery en 1896. En: McLaren, Neil. The Spanish School. National Gallery catalogues, London 1988.
7. Op.cit.
8. Barbeito, Juan Manuel. El Alcázar de Madrid. Madrid: Colegio de Arquitectos, 1992.
9. See García Serrano, Federico. ‘El arte recuperado’. Revista de Occidente (Madrid) no. 239 2001, p.114120.

EL Museo Imaginado: a virtual museum of Spanish paintings outside Spain

  • Paz Fernández (a1) and Federico García Serrano (a2)


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