Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya (MNCA)
Barcelona, 17 June – 25 September 2016
(Previously shown at the Prado and Bilbao).
Survey of 54 works by Luis de Morales (c.1510/11-1586) divided into five sections and starting with his Virgin of the Bird of 1546 along with other of his most important themes, the Virgin Dolorosa, Ecce Homo, Christ carrying the Cross and the Pietà. Another section is devoted to the artist’s images of the Virgin and Child including the panel of the Virgin and Christ Child with the Child Baptist from Salamanca Cathedral. Also on show are the only two drawings attributed to Morales, both from Lisbon’s Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga. The final section focuses on Morales’ most important patron, Juan de Ribera, the counter-reformation bishop of Badajoz between 1562 and 1568.