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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Renaissance to Goya:

prints and drawings from Spain

20 September 2012
– 6 January 2013

The exhibition is now closed

Research funded by

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Recommend this exhibition

This free exhibition brings together for the first time prints and drawings by mainly Spanish and important European artists working in Spain from the mid-16th to the first decades of the 19th century, many of which have never before been on display.

Beginning with works by 16th-century artists working in and around Madrid, including those who arrived mainly from Italy, the selection progresses chronologically to include important works from Spain’s ‘Golden Age’ (the 17th century) by artists Diego Velázquez, Vicente Carducho and Alonso Cano in Madrid, Bartolomé Murillo and Francisco de Zubarán in Seville, and José de Ribera in Spanish Naples.

Turning to the 18th century, key works by Francisco de Goya, his contemporaries and foreign artists such as the Italians Giambattista Tiepolo and his sons demonstrate how printmaking and drawing greatly increased during the period, forever changing the artistic landscape of Spain.

2012 LUKAS Awards

This exhibition has been nominated for Art Exhibition of the Year. The Latin UK Awards (LUKAS) celebrate the contribution of Britain´s one million Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese residents.

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Francisco de Zumbarán (1598–1664), Head of a Monk, Black chalk and grey wash, c. 1635–1655

Francisco de Zurbarán (1598–1664), Head of a Monk. Black chalk and grey wash, c. 1635–1655.