Colnaghi is proud to present two related collections of Pre-Columbian art lovingly and intelligently assembled over three decades: a superb group of 32 Andean and Central American stone mace heads, and a representative gathering of 43 Andean animal effigy vessels. These last Andean vessels span close to three millennia, from the so-called Initial Period in the Andes (circa 1200 BC) to the Spanish conquest of that area in the sixteenth century.
This exhibition explores the artistic exchanges between Spain and Naples, culminating with art of the baroque. The Italian city was ruled by Spain from 1503 to 1714 prompting a long period of cultural exchange, with Spanish artists travelling to Naples and Neopolitan artists thriving in Spain. Early highlights of the exhibition include a sculpture of Mars by the Italian artist Giovanni da Nola (documented from 1508-1553), commissioned by his Spanish patron and viceroy of Naples, the 2nd Duke of Cardona; Stoic Thinker, a striking and rarely-seen figure of a philosopher by the artist known as the Master of the Annunciation of the Shepherds (1604-1654), who thrived in Naples having believed to have travelled from his native Spain; and Saint Francis of Assisi, an important work by Pedro de Mena (1628-1688), one of the most celebrated sculptors of the Spanish Golden Age.
Art is a continuum: the past and present are timeless, woven together with gossamer threads. When captured in a photograph or a painting, a still life gives immortality to a single moment in all its beauty and fragility. So still lifes are perhaps the most timeless of pictures. This show featuring contemporary photography alongside a selection of the gallery’s quintessential Old Master paintings is the culmination of shared passion and immense dedication to life itself.
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