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Salas y Bosch, Xavier de

    Full Name: Salas y Bosch, Xavier de

    Other Names:

    • Francisco Xavier de Salas y Bosch

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1907

    Date Died: 1982

    Place Born: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

    Place Died: Madrid, Spain

    Home Country/ies: Spain

    Subject Area(s): eighteenth century (dates CE), nineteenth century (dates CE), painting (visual works), seventeenth century (dates CE), and Spanish (culture or style)


    Historian of Spanish painting from the 17th-19th centuries and museum director. Salas began studying art history at the Universidad de Barcelona, and later studied in Vienna and Berlin. He was appointed Professor of Art History at the Universidad Compultense de Madrid, and attended the salons of the Academia Breve de Critica de Arte in 1946-7, organized by Eugene d’Ors. In 1947, Salas moved to London, and wrote for the magazine Goya about museum collections. He completed monographs on Vel’squez and Goya, and published articles in several Spanish journals. In 1961, Salas served as the Deputy Director of the Museo del Prado in Madrid, becoming the Director in 1970. He spent his the last part of his life in Trujillo, where he owned a castle, studying the city’s urban heritage and participating in restoration projects.


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