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El Greco to Goya – Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum

27 Sep 2017 - 7 Jan 2018


The Wallace Collection



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.

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 Joséphine Bowes between 1862 and 1863 from the collection of the Countess de Quinto in Paris, through the art dealer Benjamin Gogué. This collection was largely formed in Spain by the Conde de Quinto after the dissolution of the ecclesiastical institutions – known as the Desamortización – carried out by the Spanish 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 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.


To celebrate the exhibition, The Wallace Collection, in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom, has created a programme of talks and events related to Spanish culture:

Exhibition Talk: El Greco to Goya Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum

Thursday 23rd November, 2017

Thursday 7th December, 2017

Thursday 14th December, 2017

Thursday 21st December, 2017


Talk: Spanish Masterpieces at the Wallace Collection

Wednesday 29th November, 2017


Talk: Brief Encounter: Diego Velazquez, The Lady with a Fan

Friday 8th December, 2017


Special event: O-Late! Colours of Spain

Friday 24 November


Film Screening: Chico & Rita

Saturday 2nd December, 2017



27 Sep 2017
7 Jan 2018
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