The José de la Mano gallery is being led by a second generation of a family entirely dedicated to ancient painting. The transformations that occurred recently in the Spanish ancient art market have demanded that the professionals acquire a new area of expertise.
The profound and serious study of this interesting period of Illustration granted the knowledge about many forgotten painters and attracted attention of national and international collectors.
José de la Mano's contribution consists of the texts written for the catalogues of the most significant exhibitions held during the last years. The most noted are those about Francisco Bayeu for the Museo Camón Aznar, about Lorenzo Tiépolo for the Museo del Prado and about Francisco and his disciples in Zaragoza. Our gallery have also organized specialized exhibitions like Miradas de la Ilustración (Glances of the Illustration). Spanish portraits of the XVIII century or Lines of the light. Spanish sketches of the XVIII century
Coinciding with the tenth anniversary of José de la Mano Art Gallery we started a new artistic project that stretched our line of the ancient paintings and
sketches to the works of more modern periods, starting from the first decades of the XX century to the sixties. Holding the expositions of the XX century art has always been one of the principle objectives which we managed to achieve by interesting but unreleased earlier projects like Virgilio Vallmajó (1914-1947) From neocubism to geometrical abstraction, Luis Feito (1953-1955) Restored Memory or Mariano Andreu and moderm classicism. It is a very ambitious program which also needs collaboration and support of the historians, researchers and experts in this field.
Due to combining commercial work and historical investigations, the gallery have become a reference point in the market. Due to a thorough and integral cataloguing policy and sustainable studies of the works of art, three our areas of work – Ancient painting, XIX century and XX century, seem to become a kind of the meeting place allowing to enjoy the ancient and modern Spanish art.
Being aware that today's enthusiasts require personal and attentive monitoring of their collections, this gallery also offers tracking down the works of other centuries and schools, while quality being its primary objective, including rigorous criteria of authenticity and conservation.