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The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour

The Masterpiece Tour is part of the National Gallery’s commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of Old Master paintings to as wide an audience as possible. 

The Masterpiece Tour offers three non-London museums, galleries or art centres the opportunity to partner with the National Gallery for three years and to display one different major work from our collection each year.

The Masterpiece Tour 2021–2023

From 2021, for the first time in the Masterpiece Tour’s history, the partner venues were selected for a three-year period and the painting chosen jointly by the partners and the National Gallery. 

The three venues hosting The Masterpiece Tour 2021–23 are: 

Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys, Wales 
The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven, Cumbria
Carmarthenshire Museum, Abergwili, Carmarthen 

The following paintings were chosen and will go on tour at each venue: 

2023

The tour dates for the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio's 'Tobias and the Angel' are:

Oriel Davies Gallery, 2 December 2022 – 5 March 2023
The Beacon Museum, 10 March – 4 June 2023
Carmarthenshire Museum, 8 September 2023 – 7 January 2024

2022

The tour dates for Rembrandt's, 'Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume' are:

Oriel Davies Gallery, 12 March – 26 June 2022
The Beacon Museum, 24 September 2022 – 8 January 2023
Carmarthenshire Museum, 14 January – 23 April 2023

Watch Laura Llewellyn and Ed Dickenson give an introduction to the painting

2021

The tour dates for Jean-Siméon Chardin's, 'The House of Cards' are: 

Oriel Davies Gallery, 10 July – 25 September 2021
The Beacon Museum, 1 October – 23 January 2022
Carmarthenshire Museum, 31 January – 1 May 2022

The Masterpiece Tour 2018–2020

With the generous support of Christie's, three masterpieces formed the Masterpiece Tour from 2018–2020. These were: 

2020 (recommenced in 2021)

Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas’s 'Hélène Rouart in her Father's Study', will travel to the following venues:

Gallery Oldham (18 September 2021 – 8 January 2022)
Glan-yr-afon/The Riverside (14 May – 3 September 2022)
Kirkby Gallery (10 October – 17 December 2022)

2019

Nicolas Poussin’s 'The Triumph of Pan’ travelled to:

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (11 April – 7 July 2019)

York Art Gallery (12 July – 22 September 2019)

Auckland Castle (5 October 2019 – 5 January 2020)

2018

Hans Holbein the Younger’s 'A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling' travelled to:

The New Art Gallery Walsall (12 January – 22 April 2018)
Shetland Museum & Archives (4 May – 15 July 2018)
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery (13 October 2018 – 6 January 2019)

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