The Wallace Collection - New Exhibition Announcement: El Greco to Goya - Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum 27 September 2017 - 7 January 2018 Free admission wallacecollection.org / @WallaceMuseum / #ElGrecotoGoya In September 2017, 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. The majority of these paintings were acquired by John and Josephine Bowes between 1862 and 1863 from the collection of the Countess de Quinto in Paris, through the art dealer Benjamin Gogue. This collection was formed in Spain by the Conde de Quinto after the dissolution of the ecclesiastical institutions - known as Desamortizacion - carried out by the Government from 1835 to 1837. 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 Melendez Valdes 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 Velazquez and Murillo on permanent display at the Wallace Collection.
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