About the Exhibition

Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World
October 11, 2009-January 3, 2010
Allen Whitehill Clowes Gallery in Wood Pavilion

The first exhibition to examine the religious visual culture of 17th-century Spain and Latin America, Sacred Spain: Art and Belief in the Spanish World, brought to life the challenges faced by visual artists such as El Greco, Francisco Zurbarán, Alonso Cano, Francisco Ribalta, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Juan de Valdes Leal, Juan Correa, Cristobal Villalpando and others, who were charged with the creative task of making religious imagery that was useful, truthful and moving. The exhibition featured 70 works—including paintings, polychrome sculpture, metalwork and books, many of which have never before been seen in the United States—that not only illustrated religious iconography and allegory, but also brought to light the significant role of the artist in 17th-century Spain.

The exhibition and free admission were made possible through the generosity of the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation. The exhibition and catalogue were presented with the collaboration of the State Corporation for Spanish Cultural Action Abroad, SEACEX, which is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and the Ministry of Culture. This exhibition was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.