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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Explore Spain's artistic heritage

9th January 2012

Art lovers staying in hotels in Park Lane have only a week to catch the criticality-acclaimed exhibition The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso.

Based in Somerset House's Courtauld Gallery until January 15th, ideal for those in central London hotels, the display features one of the largest collections of Spanish drawings outside of Spain itself.

Promising a "rich, intriguing and varied" array of artistic treasures, the exhibit plays host to approximately 100 works dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

The selection consists of 40 of the the finest drawings that are considered the most reflective of Spain's great artists, with works from Ribera, Murillo, Goya and Picasso.

Visitors are also encouraged to explore and enjoy the works of lesser-known artistic greats from the region, such as Francisco Pacheco, Antonio Garcia Reinoso, Vicente Carducho, Antonio del Castillo and others.

"Many of these works have never previously been exhibited and they are presented here in the light of important new research," explained the venue.
The exhibition is arranged in chronological order, with each section emphasising different aspects of Spanish art.

Juan de Juanes is highlighted in the first section for his piece Saint Stephen Taken to His Martyrdom that was originally produced in preparation of an altarpiece but gained notoriety in its own right.

Curators hope that other early drawings will showcase the important role of the Italian High Renaissance as a model for Spanish art.

"Pablo de Cespedes, for example, captured a figure from Michelangelo's Last Judgment soon after its completion, in a meticulously modelled pen and ink drawing," explained Somerset House.

"Jusepe de Ribera was one of several 17th century artists to participate in the exchange between Italy and Spain."

Visitors can also enjoy the Spanish Lates event which takes place every Thursday and allows people to unwind and explore the exhibit with live music, gallery talks and workshops.


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