Art is a continuum: the past and present are timeless, woven together with gossamer threads. When captured in a photograph or a painting, a still life gives immortality to a single moment in all its beauty and fragility. So still lifes are perhaps the most timeless of pictures. This show featuring contemporary photography alongside a selection of the gallery’s quintessential Old Master paintings is the culmination of shared passion and immense dedication to life itself.
Amongst the artists who most influenced the visual arts during the Spanish Golden Age is a sculptor little known outside of Spain. Juan de Mesa worked in Seville at the turn of the Seventeenth Century, and the impact of his work on a wider artistic community has been highlighted by several recent exhibtions and publications. To this day Mesa's sculptures are greatly revered, and the annual procession of his Jesus del Gran Poder through the streets of Seville in the early hours of Good Friday is a highly emotional event. With most of Mesa's works still in the chapels for which they were made, Coll y Cortés feels particularly blessed to have acquired four fine examples that are published in this book: Saint Louis of France, the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, Saint Joseph, and Saint John the Baptist which is currently on loan to the Art Institute of Chicago.