Tickets for the show "El Siglo de Oro. The Age of Velázquez" (1 July–30 October 2016, Gemäldegalerie) are available online at www.el-siglo-de-oro.de.
The exhibition falls under the joint patronage of His Majesty Felipe VI, the King of Spain and Federal President Joachim Gauck.
The art of the Siglo de Oro – the Golden Age of Spain – represents an important chapter in European cultural history. International interest in Spanish art of the 17th century has risen steadily over the past several decades, with numerous recent exhibitions held in Europe and the United States in the last few years alone, focusing on individual aspects or artists of this epoch.
This summer the Gemäldegalerie of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, which possesses one of the leading collections of Spanish painting in Germany, will exhibit a comprehensive collection of original paintings, sculptures, and drawings from the Siglo de Oro. The exhibition will offer viewers a unique opportunity to acquaint themselves with this outstanding epoch of art, and to discover the close relationship this art shared with the social and economic changes of its time.
Thanks to 64 international lenders, including the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris, and the Museo Nacional de Escultura in Valladolid, the fascinating variety of 17th century Spanish art will go on show outside of Spain for the first time. The exhibition includes more than 130 masterpieces by Velázquez, El Greco, Zurbarán, and Murillo, as well the work of artists who are not as well known in Germany, such as Alonso Cano and Gregorio Fernández.
'El Siglo de Oro: The Age of Velázquez' focuses on the trajectories of the artistic centres of Toledo, Valencia, Seville, and Madrid while simultaneously tracing historical developments in Spain, a country whose art production was inseparably linked with the political and social history of the 17th century. Spanish art reached its apotheosis during the same century that Spain – previously the most powerful country of Europe –rapidly lost its political hegemony. It developed its own visual language and iconography, a style closely connected with the contemporary reality and the powers that shaped it – the church and the aristocracy, led by the king. Both institutions used art as a form of propaganda to maintain the illusion of strength and stability.
El Siglo de Oro: The Age of Velázquez
1 July–30 October 2016
An exhibition presented by the Gemäldegalerie in cooperation with the Kunsthalle Munich
The exhibition has received generous support from the Kuratorium Preussischer Kulturbesitz, the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe, and the 'La Caixa' Foundation. The exhibition has received further support from the Spanish embassy, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Museum&Location Veranstaltungsgesellschaft der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin GmbH.