“The Sacred Made Real,” the National Gallery of Art’s exhibit on seventeenth-century Spanish painting and sculpture, is a quick but intense experience. Only twenty-two pieces are on display until May 31, gathered from museums and religious institutions across Spain, including the Prado, as well as American and British collections. Paintings and painted sculptures are paired to show how artists collaborated to create a new bloody-minded and realistic sacred art.
The museum has chosen...
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