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Spain’s Golden Age
The Era of Velázquez in Painting and Sculpture
until March 26, 2017

Kunsthalle München

The Spanish Siglo de Oro, or "Golden Age", is one of the most fascinating chapters in the history of Western art. Just when the most powerful nation in 17th-century Europe was rapidly losing its hegemony and went into political decline, Spanish art experienced its greatest flourishing. It was the era of masters like El Greco (1541–1614), Diego Velázquez (1599–1660), Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664) or Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682).

The exhibition offers a surprisingly multifaceted survey of the Siglo de Oro, on a scale previously unseen outside of Spain. Apart from the world famous masters, this is an opportunity to discover less familiar painters like Francisco Pacheco (1564–1664), Juan van der Hamen (1596–1631) or Alonso Cano (1601–1667). And for the first time in Germany, preeminent sculptors like Gregorio Fernández (1576–1636), Juan Martínez Montañés (1568–1649) and Luisa Ignacia Roldán (1652–1706) can be discovered.



Fig.:
Juan Sánchez Cotán, Stilleben mit Wildvögeln, um 1600-1603, Öl/Leinwand, 67,8 x 88,7 cm, The Art Institute of Chicago.


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