Her­mitage brings best of Spain to Nether­lands

Her­mitage, Am­s­ter­dam Show­ing un­til 29 May 2016

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

The World of El Greco, Rib­era, Zur­barán, Velázquez, Murillo & Goya has opened at the Her­mitage Am­s­ter­dam and runs un­til 29 May 2016.

Span­ish Masters from the Her­mitage in­cludes more than 60 paint­ings and a rich col­lec­tion of graphic works and ap­plied arts mas­ter­pieces.

Never be­fore has the Nether­lands hosted such a com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey of Span­ish art, with work that is hardly rep­re­sented in Dutch mu­seum col­lec­tions. The ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures mas­ter­pieces such as The Apos­tles Peter and Paul (1587–92) by El Greco, Velázquez’s Por­trait of the Count Duke of Oli­vares (c. 1638), Murillo’s Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion (c. 1680) and Goya’s Por­trait of the Ac­tress An­to­nia rate (1810–11), in ad­di­tion to paint­ings by their pupils and later pain­ters, up to and in­clud­ing Pi­casso. To­gether they tell the story of the rise and glory of Span­ish art in the Golden Age, which would con­tinue to in­flu­ence art into mod­ern times.

The Golden Age of Span­ish paint­ing be­gan in the late 16th cen­tury and flour­ished through­out the 17th cen­tury, co­in­cid­ing with the Dutch Golden Age. While the Nether­lands was re­volt­ing against Span­ish rule, Spain was de­vel­op­ing its own artis­tic sig­na­ture.

The works of the great Span­ish pain­ters are ex­cep­tional for their ex­quis­ite con­ver­gence of the spir­i­tual and the the­atri­cal. In­flu­enced by the Ital­ians, pain­ters like El Greco, Rib­era and Zur­barán de­vel­oped a sin­gu­lar Span­ish style marked by strong con­trasts of light and dark. Their works ex­ude the tem­per­a­ment and pride of the Ibe­rian Penin­sula. Murillo and in par­tic­u­lar Velázquez, a trend­set­ter, added their own sig­na­ture to that style and reached new heights. Goya, an equally awe-in­spir­ing ta­lent, fol­lowed in their foot­steps with his con­fronta­tional re­al­ism.

Span­ish art is a unique chap­ter in art his­tory and this com­pelling story will be il­lu­mi­nated by over 100 su­pe­rior works from the Her­mitage in St Peters­burg, which has the largest and most di­verse col­lec­tion of Span­ish art out­side Spain.

os il­le­gas Cordero (1844 1 21) 1880

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