The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600–1700
February 28 – May 31, 2010
East Building Mezzanine

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: Arrestingly real sculptures and paintings of the saints, the Immaculate Conception, and the Passion of Christ are among some 20 Spanish masterpieces of the 17th century on view in a landmark exhibition at the National Gallery of Art. The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600–1700 will showcase major paintings by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán, and Francisco Pacheco, with painted and gilded sculptures carved by Gregorio Fernández, Juan Martínez Montañés, and Pedro de Mena, among others.

The exhibition will also reveal the dynamic and intricate relationship between two-dimensional pictures on canvas and painted sculptures. Many of the sculptures have never been exhibited away from the Spanish churches, convents, and monasteries where they continue to be venerated and to inspire the faithful.

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the National Gallery, London.

Sponsor: The exhibition in Washington is made possible by the generous support of Robert H. Smith, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, and an anonymous donor. The exhibition is presented on the occasion of the Spanish Presidency of the European Union, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Spain, the Spain–USA Foundation, and the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC. This exhibition is included in the Preview Spain: Arts & Culture '10 program. Additional support for the Washington presentation is provided by Buffy and William Cafritz. The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: Francisco Antonio Gijón, Saint John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz), 1675, polychromed and gilded wood with sgraffitto decoration (estofado), Patrons' Permanent Fund, 2003.124.1