Dr. William B. Jordan
The Board of Directors of the Kimbell Art Foundation and staff of the Kimbell Art Museum mourn the loss of Dr. William B. Jordan, a celebrated connoisseur of art, beloved colleague, and dear friend.
One of the world’s leading experts in Spanish art, Jordan joined the Museum’s staff in 1981 as deputy director. During his distinguished tenure, the Museum acquired such paintings as the Portrait of Don Pedro de Barberana by Diego Velázquez and Four Figures on a Step by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, to name only two masterworks. In 1987, Jordan was the curator of a groundbreaking exhibition, Spanish Still Life of the Golden Age, 1600–1650, focusing on the works of Francisco de Zurbarán, Juan Sánchez Cotán, and the painter Juan van der Hamen y Léon, whose work Jordan studied for more than fifty years. His legacy will endure on the walls of the Kimbell Art Museum, the Meadows Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museo del Prado, and other great art institutions around the globe. Though he was a distinguished scholar with an exceptionally keen eye, he will be remembered above all for his exceptional kindness and remarkable character. Our thoughts and prayers are with his husband, Robert Dean Brownlee, and with his family.