Francis Alÿs: Fabiola – Hispanic Society of America, NY


Hispanic Society of America, NY

Francis Alÿs: Fabiola
until April 6, 2008


Francis Huys, Fabiola, n.d. Photo: Francesca Esmay


Over the last two decades, Francis Alÿs has assembled a significant collection of nearly identical paintings and other reproductions of fourth-century Saint Fabiola, all based on a now-lost original painted in the nineteenth century by the
French artist Jean-Jacques Henner.

This obscure work has been assiduously copied by amateurs and professionals alike and has become a popular icon, a phenomenon that, as the artist stated, “indicated a different criterion of what a masterwork could be.”

The exhibition of these images at the Hispanic Society will for the first time comprise Alÿs’s complete group of almost three hundred Fabiola portraits.

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