10 April 2013
The National Gallery Collection regularly evolves, changing as new loans and acquisitions arrive, research programmes investigate the collection and restoration projects make exciting discoveries.
The first three months of 2013 have been particularly lively for the collection, from the revelation of a hidden Titian to the bequest of twenty-five Italian Baroque paintings, making it a great time to come and re-discover the Gallery.
It’s a Titian!
The Gallery’s research departments constantly study and examine the collection and in January the Portrait of Girolamo Fracastoro was discovered to be the work of great Renaissance master . Gallery Restorer Jill Dunkerton removed dark varnish layers and repainting dating from the 1840s, revealing not only the original quality, but also the painter of the portrait.
Lucian Freud Says Thank You
In February the late artist, and regular visitor to the Gallery’s collection, Lucian Freud left a treasured painting by 19th-century French artist Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot to the National Gallery. He left the portrait as a thank you to Great Britain for welcoming his family when they arrived as refugees from Nazi Germany in 1933.
At the end of February twenty-five dramatic Italian Baroque paintings from the private collection of art historian Sir Denis Mahon were transferred into the National Gallery’s collection by the Art Fund. The paintings, which include formidable masterpieces by Guercino and Guido Reni, had been on long-term loan to the Gallery, but are now part of the nation’s collection.
New arrivals from York
Four paintings, including Parmigianino's Portrait of a Man with a Book, arrived at the Gallery in February and March. The paintings are on loan whilst York Art Gallery, which holds one of Britain’s most important collections of Old Master paintings, undergoes major redevelopment work. They can be seen at the National Gallery until 2015.
Through European Eyes
A new display opened in Room 46 in February looking at how European landscape painters across the centuries have pitted their brushes against nature, featuring sketches by Bonnington, Theodore Rousseau and Corot amongst many others. The display accompanies the exhibition ‘Through American Eyes: Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil Sketch’ and runs until 28 April.
Degas and the Feminine
As part of the Gallery’s renowned research programme curators occasionally re-hang rooms, offering a fresh look at the collection. During the first few months of 2013, until 28 April, Room 42 was re-hung to examine the way that 19th-century artists, and particularly Edgar Degas, depicted women.
Want to know about all the latest collection information? Read our Latest Arrivals page for information on new loans and acquisitions, and see the two most recent loans to the collection - Cuyp’s Sijctghen Duck and the Le Nain Brothers’s Children Dancing.
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Image above: Detail from The Le Nain Brothers, Children Dancing, 1642