A Tale of Two Kingdoms

The Art of Spain and Naples
29th Jun 2018 - 7th Sep 2018
The artistic exchange between Spain and Naples - culminating in the Art of the Baroque
This exhibition explored the artistic exchanges between Spain and Naples, culminating in the 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.


Luis de Morales, called El Divino (1512 – 9 May 1586) Ecce Homo
Lorenzo Mercadante de Bretaña (Documented Seville 1454 - 1467) La Virgen del Buen Fin
John Webb (attrib.) (case design) 1611 - 1672 Johannes Fromanteel (mechanism) Active in the second half of the 17th century Signed: "Johannes Fromanteel / Londini Fecit" Juan de Valdés Leal (painting) Night clock with Saint Ambrose absolving the emperor Theodosius
Pedro de Mena y Medrano (Granada, 1628 - Malaga, 1688) Saint Francis of Assisi
Andrea Vaccaro (Naples 1604 - 1670) Saint Lawrence led to his Martyrdom
Roman The Goddess Flora and Camillus (Youthful Attendant), 2nd - 3rd century AD, with 16th century restorations and additions
Joan de Joanes (Valencia (?), ca. 1500 - Bocairent, 1579) The Holy Family
Sir Anthony Van Dyck (Antwerp 1599 - London 1641) The Penitent Saint Peter