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4 months to go! ‘Ribera: Art of Violence’ opens 26 September 2018 at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

ribera-martiri-de-sant-bartomeu-large-bannerThis autumn, Dulwich Picture Gallery will present the first exhibition in the UK dedicated to the Spanish Baroque painter, draughtsman and printmaker Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652). Born in Játiva, Valencia, Ribera emigrated to Italy as a young artist. Proud of his Spanish heritage, he eventually settled in Naples, then a Spanish territory, but never again returned to Spain. A hybrid figure, Ribera had a significant influence on the art of both countries in the seventeenth century.

Introducing this artist to a UK audience, the exhibition will focus on some of Ribera’s most powerful images featuring saints and sinners, flaying and flogging. Ribera’s images of pain have often been described as shocking and even grotesque in their realism. In a common historiographical trope, the artist himself has been labelled as sadistic and violent. Challenging this long-standing interpretation, Ribera: Art of Violence will reveal the complex artistic, religious and cultural discourses underpinning the artist’s violent imagery in paint and on paper. This exploration will be anchored by a number of major loans from North American and European collections, with some works travelling to the UK for the first time.

A scholarly catalogue will accompany the exhibition, showcasing the new research which has informed the display.

Ribera: Art of Violence is co-curated by ARTES committee member Dr Edward Payne (Head Curator of Spanish Art, The Auckland Project), author of a PhD thesis on the theme of violence in Ribera’s art (2012) and contributor to the catalogue raisonné of Ribera’s drawings (2016), and Dr Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection), former Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and curator of the National Gallery’s exhibitions The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600–1700 (2009) and Goya: The Portraits (2015).

Click here for a video presenting the exhibition, and here for a preview article in The Guardian. 

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Featured Exhibition: Antonio de Pereda, Two Figures at a Kitchen Table

A KITCHEN SCENE by Antonio de Pereda, at Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd, WalesAntonio de Pereda, Two Figures at a Kitchen Table, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Closes 8 October 2017

As part of Dulwich Picture Gallery ‘Private made Public’ series of single picture in focused displays, this masterpiece of seventeenth-century Spanish still life has been brought to Dulwich Picture Gallery from the private apartments at Penrhyn Castle (National Trust, Gwynedd, Wales). A contemporary of Velázquez, Pereda is one of the finest still life painters of the Spanish Golden Age and his painting is filled with exquisite details. It was once in the collection of the County Durham-born but Seville-based collector of Spanish art, Frank Hall Standish (1s799-1840), most of whose collection of paintings and many of his drawings, including a large number of works by Murillo, were bequeathed to the French King Louis-Philippe.

Also at Dulwich Picture Gallery in the large exhibition of 80 Watercolours by Singer Sargent 21 June – 8 October 2017 there are several of Spanish gardens at the Generalife in Granada and La Granja outside Segovia as well as a figure composition of Spanish Convalescent Soldiers painted in 1903.