The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600 – 1700
21 October 2009 – 24 January 2010
Sainsbury Wing Exhibition at the National Gallery, London
From the National Gallery website:
This exhibition will bring together paintings and painted wooden sculptures by the great Spanish realists of the 17th century. ‘The Sacred Made Real’ will provide a reappraisal of the crucial role of these hyper-realist sculptures in the development of Spanish art.
Providing a unique experience, sculpture and painting will be displayed side-by-side. This will be the first major exhibition to explore this relationship.
Most Spanish sculptures from this time were dedicated to key Christian themes. ‘The Sacred Made Real’ will explore how painters and sculptors combined their skills to create arrestingly real depictions of the saints, the Immaculate Conception and the Passion of Christ.
Sculptures from this era were painstakingly carved from wood, gessoed and intricately polychromed (painted in many colours). Many of the sculptures were polychromed by Francisco Pacheco, who taught a generation of painters, including Velázquez and Cano.
In addition to important canvases by Velázquez, Cano and Zurbarán, ‘The Sacred Made Real’ will feature sculptures carved by Gregorio Fernández, Juan Martínez Montañés and Pedro de Mena, and polychromed by Francisco Pacheco and Alonso Cano.
book to accompany the exhibition will be published when it opens in October.