A Tale of Two Kingdoms

The Art of Spain and Naples
29th Jun 2018 - 6th Jul 2018
The artistic exchange between Spain and Naples - culminating in the Art of the Baroque
This exhibition explores 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.

Artworks

Luis de Morales, called El Divino Ecce Homo
Lorenzo Mercadante de Bretaña (Documented Seville 1454 - 1467) La Virgen del Buen Fin
Luca Giordano (Naples 1634-1705) Mars
Pedro de Mena y Medrano (Granada, 1628 - Malaga, 1688) Saint Francis of Assisi
Doménikos Theotokópoulos, called El Greco (Crete 1541-1614 Toledo) Saint Francis receiving the Stigmata
Paolo da San Leocadio (Reggio Emilia, 1447 - Valencia, c.1520) The Agony in the Garden
Master of the Annunciation to the Shepherds The Annunciation to the Sheperds
Jusepe de Ribera (Xàvita 1591 - Naples 1652) The Martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew