Room 90, hidden away in the top floors of the British Museum, is dedicated to showcasing the vast collections of drawing and prints held by the museum. Previously it was home to Picasso’s Vollard Suite which met with much critical acclaim.
The latest exhibition attempts to debunk the myth that the Spanish Golden Age in arts was only about painting. The museum has assembled a vast collection of works that include preparatory drawings for paintings and architecture, but also several impressive pieces that stand alone.
As well as featuring relatively well known works by Velazquez and de Zurbaran’s meditative monk, there are also several less familiar yet accomplished artists on display such as Zuccaro with his rapid and emotive style.
Despite the wide variety of artists, Goya’s works are the standouts of this exhibition. His creepy caricatures populating macabre scenes are just as intense as his paintings. Though they will never match the scale of his greater works such as Saturn Devouring His Son, they are miniature windows into his various dark realities.
The exhibition is an impressive collection of talented artists but it’s the spectacular Goyas that are the must see items of this show.
Renaissance to Goya: Prints made in Spain is on at the British Museum until 6 January. Admission is free.