Dramatic Spanish Painting Comes To The West End
A repentant St Peter clasps his hand in prayer as he looks heavenwards, tears in his eyes, seeking repentance for his betrayal of Christ. Nearby St Andrew is dramatically lit as he's crucified on an X-shaped cross.
This small exhibition at Wallace Collection features solely Spanish artists, bookended by two of Spain's finest — El Greco and Goya. The works are all on loan from the Bowes Museum in county Durham, so it's a rare chance to see these works in London for locals.
As would be expected from 16th-18th century Spanish painting religion takes centre stage with saints and the Virgin appearing in most of these works. The one truly impressive work is the tears of St Peter by El Greco, the watery eyes feel like they might start dripping from the canvas at any moment.
The other works here are a strong collection, but none of them can match the powerful El Greco.
El Greco to Goya - Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum at Wallace Collection until 7 January. Entrance is free.
Last Updated 04 October 2017