The Great Gallery houses some of the grandest and most important works of in the Wallace collection, the vast majority of which were created in the seventeenth century, the period associated with ‘the Baroque’. But what exactly does that mean? Does it fit all of the artistic output of the century? Over the four mornings of the course we will take the opportunity to examine the Baroque and the Great Gallery together. Each day will explore a specific theme in the lecture theatre, and, after coffee, visit the Collection to see at first hand how these ideas can help us to understand the exhibits. We will focus on one or two of the works in the Great Gallery, heading elsewhere within the museum as the discussion leads us.
Thursday 22 February
3. The Baroque in Spain
Next to Italy (even if that wasn’t a single state), Spain was probably the most ‘Catholic’ country in Europe. Combined with an absolute monarchy, Baroque art was the most obvious form of display to secure religious orthodoxy and political allegiance.
After coffee we will focus on the works of Murillo and Velasquez.