The Spanish Gallery opens in County Durham

October 15 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Bishop Auckland in County Durham is the site of the UK's first gallery dedicated to Spanish art. The Spanish Gallery is the vision of philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer who purchased Auckland Castle in 2012 in order to restore and conserve the building along with its collection of pictures by Zurbaran. The new Spanish gallery, which contains works by El Greco, Juan de Valdes Leal and Velázquez, opens to the public today.

Quoting Ruffer from the article linked above:

"When people say, 'What's going on in Bishop Auckland?' they'll find it's got a Spanish Gallery with three Velazquez paintings in it. 

There aren't many places in the world that can talk like that. 

So our thought is that if we can create something here that is utterly remarkable, like a Spanish Gallery, then we stake our claim on being a player in the international market."

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