Art aficionados will be pumped to see various facets of of Catholic Reformation art from the 16th to 18th centuries through the works of El Greco, José de Ribera and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo. Goya and Sanchez Coello go the royal route and offer court portraits of Spanish monarchs, balancing the portrayal of power with realistic representations.
The exhibit also includes 10 works by Joaquin Sorolla, the master of capturing simple pleasures and known for vivid, bright, strong canvasses. Sorolla's work highlights the strong national identity that characterizes Spanish art of the 19th century. The exhibition finishes with a dialogue between Cubism and Surrealism by the artists who revolutionized western art and are now household names: Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dalí.
If you want to check out the Spanish masters' works, the exhibit runs through to October 3. Admission is $12 for adults and $4.50 for ages seven to 17.
[Photo: San Diego Museum of Art]