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36: The Cabinet of Spanish Painting    
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SS. Peter and Paul
El Greco
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Mater Dolorosa
Morales, Luis de
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This is one of the interiors in the suite of rooms running along the northern wall near the large skylight halls of the New Hermitage, the building constructed to the design of Leo von Klenze for the Imperial Museum in 1851. The room was intended for displaying paintings so that all decorative details would be concentrated in the upper part of the interior - its ceiling and frieze are adorned with ornamental painting. Exhibited in the room now are works by Spanish artists of the 15th to early 17th centuries. The focus of the exhibition are the paintings The Apostles Peter and Paul (between 1587 and 1592) by the great Spanish artist El Greco and Raising of the Cross (1582) by Francisco Ribalta, a precursor of the realistic trend in Spanish art. The room also features religious paintings by Luis de Morales - The Madonna and Child with a Distaff Shaped as a Cross and Mater Dolorosa (both 1570s). A significant place among formal portraits dated from the early 17th century belongs to Portrait of Diego de Villamayor (1605), a work by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz.



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