National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS
The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600–1700
February 28–May 31, 2010

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The Making of a Seventeenth-Century Spanish Polychrome Sculpture
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Notable Lecture: The Sacred Made Real: The Making of an Exhibition
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Sculpture Comes to Life: Splendor, Color, and Realism in Baroque Spain and Elsewhere
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Art Talk: The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600–1700 Part 1, Polychromed Sculpture
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Part 2, Spanish Realism
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Music Programs Podcast: Requiem Aeternam (after Victoria)
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Biography of
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Press Materials

Image: Attributed to Juan Martinez Montanes, Immaculate Conception (la Purisma), about 1628, polychromed wood, Church of the Anunciacion, Seville University 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.