Art/ Collection/ Art Object

The Defense of Madrid

Artist:
Robert Capa (American (born Hungary), Budapest 1913–1954 Thai Binh)
Date:
1936
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 18.1 x 23.8 cm (7 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Gilman Collection, Museum Purchase, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.100.472
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso TR: "Spanish War"; Typed on paper affixed to print, verso TC: "2- Once the pride of Madrid, the million dollar University City has been turned into a battlefield. Parts of the extensive buildings of the University City have been taken by the Rebels, and other parts are still held by the picked troops of the government who have sworn to oust the foe. Machine guns shooting through a window which is now a loop-hole."; Stamped in black ink on print, verso CL: "PHOTO BY//PIX PUBLISHING INC.//250 PARK AVENUE//NEW YORK CITY//ELDORADO 5-4021//PLEASE CREDIT ROBERT CAPA - PIX//THIS PICTURE IS SOLD TO YOU FOR YOUR//PUBLICATION ONLY AND MUST NOT BE//LOANED, SYNDICATED, OR USED FOR AD-//VERTISING PURPOSES WITHOUT WRITTEN//PERMISSION FROM US."; Stamped in black ink on print, verso C: "PLEASE CREDIT//ROBERT CAPA-MAGNUM//MAGNUM PHOTOS INC//[illegible]//New York, 19, N.Y."; Printed on paper affixed to print, verso C: "PIX//PUBLISHING INC//250 PARK AVENUE//NEW YORK CITY//TELEPHONE ELDORADO 5-4021"; Typed on paper affixed to print, verso CR: "ind ist 40 Meter entfernt in einem [illegible]//der Cite Universitaire. Es gibt zw [illegible]//en keine schutzenden Baume//Eine g//jeden Anfreifer sofort erkonnen."; Typed on paper affixed to print, verso BC: "CAPA/THE DEFENSE OF MADRID. Once the pride of the capital, Madrid's million dollar university has been turned into a battlefield. Grounds and buildings have been strongly fortified and are now the nerve center of the defense of Madrid. Loyalist soldiers are entrenched in every room, every window has become a loophole."
Cornell Capa; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, March 17, 1978

Robert Capa : the definitive collection. Phaidon ed. London: Phaidon Press, 2001. p. 95.



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