Turismo Madrid


Painting "El castillo de Alcalá de Guadaira" by Genaro Pérez Villaamil


The Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, in Madrid, inaugurates this exhibition that gathers the works of the Scottish landscape painter David Roberts and the Galician romantic painter, Genaro Pérez Villaamil. An exhibition that shows their collaborations, dialogues and mutual influences, which can be visited from October 7 until January 16.

The Temporary Exhibition Hall of the center hosts more than 140 pieces of the work of both artists. Among the inventory are large oil paintings, drawings, watercolors, sketches, lithographs, as well as other documents and publications such as letters and earthenware.

The exhibition, commissioned by Claudia Hopkins, looks at the fluid relationship between the two painters during the 19th century. David Roberts and Genaro Pérez Villaamil, each from his own particular vision, were part of important editorial projects that served for the cultural promotion of our country through its artistic representation. These were decades in which those travelers-artists traveled through large territories and developed the landscape painting so characteristic of the period.

The exhibition shows the romantic image of Spain that both artists built. Landscapes, castles, cathedrals, palaces or the popular life of its people; these are, among others, the recurring themes. The exhibition has been divided into six thematic areas that include works from important European collections such as the National Gallery of Scotland, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museo Nacional del Prado.

Highlights include, among others, "View of the interior of a cathedral", painted by Roberts around 1840; the spectacular oil on canvas "The castle of Alcalá de Guadaira", painted by Pérez Villaamil in 1833 or "Arab tower in Seville, called La Giralda", a special piece never before seen in Spain, painted by the Scotsman Roberts on his trip to Seville in 1833 and now lent to the collection by Downside Abbey.

Do not miss this opportunity to peek through the artistic window to the most romantic Spain.

More information: Romantic Spain: David Roberts and Genaro Pérez Villaamil

Image credits: "The castle of Alcalá de Guadaira", Genaro Pérez Villaamil © Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection