The Spanish Collections of the National Gallery

  • March 6, 2024
  • Online


A Cup of Water and a Rose by Francisco de Zurbarán, about 1630.

This installment of the Research Seminar Series organized by Durham University’s Zurbarán Centre features Daniel Ralston and Gabriele Finaldi.

When the National Gallery opened its doors nearly 200 years ago, it contained only one painting considered to have been painted by a Spanish artist. Since then, the Gallery’s collection of Spanish paintings has grown into one of the most important in the world, and includes great masterpieces by Velázquez, Murillo, and Zurbarán.

In this conversation, Gabriele Finaldi, Director, and Daniel Sobrino Ralston, CEEH Associate Curator of Spanish Paintings, reflect on the collection’s history and development as the National Gallery approaches its bicentenary in May, 2024.

Organized by Durham University’s Zurbarán Centre with the ARTES Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes and the Embassy of Spain in London.

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This online lecture on Zoom is free.