May 13, 2023
in front of the entrance to Charing Cross station
Walking around the National Gallery, we will learn about the vicissitudes of the history that united the crowns of Spain and England in the past.
We will then enter the National Gallery. Although John Julius Angerstein and Sir George Beaumont laid the foundations of the collection, other important bequests and acquisitions have played a major role in its success.
The collection of Spanish paintings is considered one of the most important in the world outside Spain. Most of the pieces belong to the so-called Spanish Golden Age, a period between 1575 and 1700, which witnessed a great artistic flowering, with masterpieces by Velázquez, Murillo, Zurbarán, El Greco and Goya.
The Instituto Cervantes London continues its programme of guided tours which, under the generic name of “Cervantes Routes”, invites you to explore the geography of the British capital discovering the traces of the presence of the arts, culture, literature and history of Spain and Latin America through its key figures and personalities of all times, prepared and carried out by Milagros Dapena-Collopy (“Qualified Blue Badge London Tourist Guide”)
Throughout 2023 we will develop a catalogue of itineraries, which will take place on Saturday mornings, dealing with the memory of the Spanish and Latin American exile, the historical relations between the British and Spanish monarchies and some of the masterpieces of Spanish art in the National Gallery, among other novelties that we will announce in due course.
Dame Denise Holt
Dame Mary Marsh
Lady Mª Belén Parker
Mrs Mercedes Sutherland
Duke of Wellington
Sir Stephen Wright
Carmen & Scott Young