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Press Event: The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600-1700

Masterpieces created to shock the senses and stir the soul are spotlighted in 'The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600–1700,' on view at the exhibition's only U.S. venue the National Gallery of Art from February 28 through May 31, 2010. This landmark reappraisal of religious art from the Spanish Golden Age includes 11 paintings by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Zurbarán, and others, displayed for the very first time alongside 11 of Spain's remarkable polychromed (painted) sculptures, many of which have never before left Spain and are still passionately venerated across the Iberian Peninsula in monasteries, churches, and processions.