When the DIA’s Melancholy Woman by Pablo Picasso returns this summer after having been on loan to several prestigious museums over the past two years, it will bring with it other masterworks by Spain’s most important artists. The DIA celebrates the painting’s return with Five Spanish Masterpieces, which comprises: Portrait of the Matador Pedro Romero, Francisco de Goya, Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; The Holy Family with St. Anne and the Infant St. John the Baptist, El Greco, Museo del Prado, Madrid; Soft Construction with Boiled Beans, Salvador Dalí, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Portrait of a Man, Diego Velázquez, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Melancholy Woman, Pablo Picasso, Detroit Institute of Arts.
The DIA is a generous lender, and grants dozens of loan requests every year from museums including the Louvre, the Prado, the National Gallery in London and the Metropolitan in New York, among many others. Melancholy Woman, a great example of Picasso’s celebrated Blue Period, has been featured in exhibitions in Zurich, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Paris and New York.
Five Spanish Masterpieces underscores the international importance of the DIA collection, and the substantial role that the DIA plays in spreading art, knowledge and culture in the United States and internationally. Lenders to the exhibition recognize the DIA as a significant museum that has shaped the history of American collecting.