This is the first exhibition to explore the ‘pagan soul’ of sixteenth century sculptor Alonso Berruguete. The exhibition focuses on his fascination with the works of antiquity, which he saw on his sojourn in Italy between about 1508 and 1518, and in particular the influence of the newly discovered group of the struggling Laocoon on Berruguete’s own sacred and secular work in Spain.
The exhibition of sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints is selected from Spanish and international collections and accompanied by a full programme of conferences, guided tours, and concerts as well as a multi-essayed catalogue edited by the exhibition’s curator and deputy director of the Museum, Manuel Arias Martínez.
Tiempos de melancolía. Creación y desengaño en la España del Siglo de Oro Museo Nacional de Escultura, Palacio de Villena, Valladolid
2 July – 12 October, 201.
Then touring to:
Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia
4 November 2015 – 7 February 2016
CaixaForum, Palma de Mallorca
2 March – 11 June 2016.
Thematic and multidisciplinary exhibition of some 60 works focuses on Spain’s role as a key but often forgotten link in the crystallization of melancholy and disillusionment across sixteenth and seventeenth-century Europe. The exhibition includes images by artists such as El Greco, Murillo, Ribalta, Ribera and Velázquez as well as literature and botanical and medical treatises published in Spain.