Horrors Made Real


Spanish Sculpture
National Gallery’s Sainsbury Wing is currently hosting a grisly array of polychrome Spanish statues made between 1600 and 1700 that take divine subjects and transform them into real objects. It’s a great opportunity to see an art form that has been rarely seen outside Spain.
Meanwhile, over at the English National Opera, director Daniel Kramer has brilliantly transformed Bluebeard’s Castle into Josef Fritzl’s chamber of horrors in a production that’s not for the faint-hearted. Clearly, ’tis not the season to be jolly this year.