Jonathan Brown Obituary: Jonathan Brown, a craftsmanship history specialist, custodian and educator who delivered authoritative investigations of Diego Velázquez, El Greco and different painters of the supposed Golden Age of sixteenth and seventeenth century Spanish composition, and who proceeded to accomplish notable work on Spanish pioneer workmanship in Latin America, kicked the bucket on Jan. 17 at his home in Princeton, N.J. He was 82.
The craftsmanship history specialist Edward J. Sullivan, a long-term partner of Professor Brown’s at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, said the demise came after a long, vague sickness.
Jonathan Brown Obituary: At the point when Professor Brown entered the field during the 1960s, global scholastic regard for Spanish Baroque workmanship was moping under the long, oppressive tyranny of Francisco Franco.
He reviewed that on a school visit to Madrid, he tracked down the exhibitions of the Prado Museum dim, ignored and everything except void of guests. By devoting himself, basically on the spot, to the workmanship and craftsmen he saw there — including the north star figure of Velázquez — he assumed an essential part in bringing a disregarded area of Western craftsmanship history to light.
Jonathan Brown Obituary: He did as such in creative ways. At the point when he started his vocation, workmanship history as a discipline was to a great extent connoisseurial in direction, zeroed in on dating, attribution and iconography.
While giving full weight to these issues, Professor Brown likewise seen the craft of Spain through the channel of social and strict history; he set vocations, characters, and individual works in the political setting of their time, a methodology that forecasted where grant would progressively take.
Also, he introduced his examination in an open, language free-form that rejuvenated figures from an earlier time and associated lived real factors of before hundreds of years with those of the present.
Jonathan Brown Obituary: Jonathan Mayer Brown was brought into the world on July 15, 1939, in Springfield, Mass. His dad, Leonard M. Brown, was a protection specialist; his mom, Jean (Levy) Brown, was a curator.
Both were devoted craftsmanship authorities, making a trip consistently to Manhattan, where they got little Abstract Expressionist works by Jackson Pollock, Philip Guston and Franz Kline. Jean Brown later turned into a significant gatherer and benefactor of the exploratory, interdisciplinary workmanship development Fluxus. (Her huge chronicle of Fluxus material is currently housed in the Getty Center in Los Angeles.)
In 1956, Professor Brown entered Dartmouth College, where he at first concentrated on Spanish writing. It was while spending his lesser year in Spain, where he read José Ortega y Gasset’s 1948 book on Velázquez and experienced the craftsman’s work “live,” that he moved his concentration from writing to workmanship.