The Spanish Line at The Courtauld Gallery
If you’re looking for a cultural top-up amid all the Christmas and New Year excess, there’s still a chance to see The Spanish Line at The Courtauld Gallery.
The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso is just that – an overview of drawing in Spain from the 16th to 20th century. Digging deep into the museum’s collection, the exhibition includes previously unseen work.
Among the big hitters featured are Ribera, Goya, Murillo and Picasso. The show is the culmination of a four-year project to catalogue the Courtauld’s Spanish drawings.
From the Courtauld’s website: “The Courtauld Gallery’s collection has its origins with the MP and celebrated Hispanist Sir William Stirling Maxwell (1818-78), whose pioneering Annals of the artists of Spain(1848) helped lay the foundations for the later scholarly study of Spanish art.”
The Courtauld is one of London’s most well-appointed galleries, nestled in the corner of Somerset House. The terrific permanent collection includes classics by Cezanne, Manet and Van Gogh.
The Spanish Line: From Ribera to Picasso runs until 15 January. Admission is a stonkingly good £6. There’s an evening event on 12 Jan featuring music, talks and workshops.
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