ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America

Month: January 2012

Caroline Backlund Award – Applications due 2/3/12

ARLIS/DC-Maryland-Virginia Chapter
2012 Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award

Deadline Feb. 3, 2012

ARLIS/DC-MD-VA will present a professional development award of $500.00 to a chapter member to attend the 40th Annual ARLIS/NA Conference to be held this year in Toronto, March 29–April 2, 2012.  This award is intended to help members become more involved in ARLIS/NA at the national level.

For more information on eligibility and application process visit:

The Solemnity of Shadows

The Solemnity of Shadows: Juan Laurent’s Vision of Spain


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J. Laurent and Company, General interior view of the new bullring, Madrid, c. 1874, albumen silver print, Department of Image Collections, National Gallery of Art Library

The National Gallery of Art Library’s continuing exhibition program displays selections from its rich rare book collection in two separate venues, one in a permanent gallery on the ground floor of the Gallery’s West Building, the other in the Library atrium on the ground floor of the East Building. A few of these exhibitions each year draw from the more than 13 million images representing the entire history of Western art preserved in the Library’s Department of Image Collections.

From November 7 to December 30, 2011, the department presented The Solemnity of Shadows: Juan Laurent’s Vision of Spain in the atrium of the Study Center. On view were 23 rare large-format albumen photographs, a collodion glass negative, and three albums of Spanish art and architecture by Juan Laurent (1816–1886), a preeminent figure in the history of Spanish photography. Laurent began his career as a portrait photographer in Madrid in 1856, but soon grew and expanded his business until it became the most recognizable topographical photography company in Spain. Large format photographs of Spain’s public works, architecture, cities, popular types in their natural settings, art collections, and contemporary art expositions were his specialties, which he sold in his shops in Madrid and Paris singly or compiled into albums according to customer preference. The Laurent company’s output was immense, and its commercial reach was truly international in scope. Laurent’s was the first commercial firm to photograph the art collections of the Prado Museum, the Royal Armory, and the Academy of San Fernando, earning him a place of honor with other distinguished European photography houses like Alinari in Italy, and Adolphe Braun in France. Continue reading

NGA exhibition on bookplates and ownership marks

In the Library: Marks of Ownership

The National Gallery of Art Library is pleased to present an exhibition entitled “In the Library: Marks of Ownership,” on view in the East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center, open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For admission, please come to the guard’s desk at the Study Center entrance.