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Spanish Religious Colonial Art to be Exhibited at Wofford

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC—A collection of Spanish religious colonial art, including paintings and sculptures from the 17th through the 19th centuries in Mexico, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Bolivia, will be exhibited at Sandor Teszler Library Gallery at Wofford College March 1 through April 27.

This important collection is owned by Drs. Francis and Livia Robicsek of Charlotte, N.C. Dr. Francis Robicsek is a noted heart surgeon and head of thoracic surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center and a well-known collector and patron of the arts.

The exhibition displays a blend of both traditional Spanish art influences, as well as indigenous elements. The gold and silver riches of the new world, which drove Spain’s conquest of the Americas, are reflected in the materials on display, including a silver tray bearing the Spanish Hapsburg coat of arms from 17th century Peru. The collection also displays the deeply felt religious fervor of the Spanish colonies as it includes altarpieces and numerous figurines, statues and paintings of saints.

The opening reception will be on Saturday, March 1, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public. Groups are invited to view the exhibition, but are requested to call in advance to arrange the visit; the number is (864) 597-4300.

Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 8 a.m.-7 pm.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m.-midnight.