Exhibition | El Greco to Goya: Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 25, 2017

Now on view at The Wallace Collection:

El Greco to Goya: Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum
The Wallace Collection, London, 27 September 2017 — 7 January 2018

Claudio Coello, Portrait of Mariana of Austria, Queen of Spain, 1683–93 (County Durham: The Bowes Museum).

The Wallace Collection presents El Greco to Goya: Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum, the first London exhibition of Spanish art from The Bowes Museum in County Durham, including works by Goya and El Greco. This collaborative exhibition between the Wallace Collection and The Bowes Museum celebrates the partnership between these two great museums. Like the Wallace Collection, The Bowes Museum is the product of one family’s obsession with collecting great works of art. John Bowes and Richard Wallace—both illegitimate sons of aristocratic fathers—bequeathed collections of international significance to the nation.

The exhibition spans three centuries and explores one of the largest collections of Spanish art in Britain. On display are El Greco’s The Tears of Saint Peter, thought to be the artist’s earliest interpretation of this subject, Goya’s psychologically penetrating Portrait of Juan Antonio Meléndez Valdés and disturbing Interior of a Prison, plus perhaps less well known but outstanding works such as Antonio de Pereda’s, Tobias Restoring His Father’s Sight. The works chosen explore a period of huge social, religious, and political upheaval in Spain, providing a microcosm of the changes in style and subject matter during this period. The paintings complement works by Velázquez and Murillo on permanent display at the Wallace Collection.

Xavier Bray, Wallace Collection Director: “El Greco to Goya is not only an unprecedented opportunity to see Spanish art of extraordinary power and significance in London, but also the beginning of an exciting relationship between the Wallace Collection and The Bowes Museum. Both institutions share a commitment to making great art accessible to wider audiences and we are looking forward to working closely together to develop a long term connection between London and the North East.”

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Symposium: El Greco to Goya
The Wallace Collection, London, 25 November 2017

This major international, one-day symposium on Spanish painting, accompanies the exhibition El Greco to Goya: Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum. The aim of the symposium is to explore in greater depth the remarkable collection of Spanish paintings on loan from The Bowes, our regional partner, which is outstanding in both its quality and range. Speakers include Xavier Bray, Peter Cherry, Edward Payne, María Cruz de Carlos Varona, Bernadette Petti, Juliet Wilson Bareau, and Véronique Gerard Powell. Tickets are £25 (£10 for students) and can be purchased by following this link.

Francisco de Goya, Interior of a Prison, 1793–94 (County Durham: The Bowes Museum).


9:30  Registration

9:50  Welcome

10:00  Morning Session
• Bernadette Petti (Assistant Curator of Fine Art, The Bowes Museum), An Overview of Four Centuries of Spanish Art in The Bowes Museum
• Véronique Gerard-Powell (Senior lecturer, University of Paris, Sorbonne), A Reluctant Purchase: El Greco’s Tears of St Peter
• Peter Cherry (Lecturer, Trinity College Dublin), Foreign Food: Spanish Still Life in the British Isles
• María Cruz de Carlos Varona (Lecturer, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Claudio Coello’s Portrait of Mariana of Austria

1:00  Lunch Break

2:00  Afternoon Session
• Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection), Goya and Religion: Early Works for the Spanish Church
• Juliet Wilson-Bareau (Independent Academic), Goya’s Prisons: Of the State, of the Church, and of the Mind
• Edward Payne (Head Curator: Spanish Art, The Auckland Project), A Museum in the Making: The Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland

4:30  Close







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