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Study day: 'New approaches to displaying 17th-century art at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery'

This study day was held at the National Gallery on 25 June 2015

The study day is part of the Subject Specialist Network: European Paintings pre-1900.


In the morning, we discussed the collecting and the new display of Baroque art. The collection was researched and redisplayed by Helen Hillyard, The National Gallery Curatorial Traineeship supported by the Art Fund with the assistance of the Vivmar Foundation. Helen and Anna Dolecka, Learning Officer at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, explained how they consulted audiences and schools before developing the new displays and the accompanying learning materials.

In the afternoon, there were four presentations about works in the collections by Aidan Weston Lewis, Chief Curator, National Galleries of Scotland; Robert Wenley, Head of Learning and Collections, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts; Letizia Treves, Curator of Italian and Spanish paintings 1600-1800, National Gallery; and Helen Hillyard.

Image above: Detail from Peter Paul Rubens, A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning, probably 1636