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Two stunning paintings which have gone on show at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle are described as a significant addition to its important collection of 18th century masters.
The paintings - The Lover of a Venetian Lady and The Encounter of a Procurator with his Wife at Ridotto – are copies of engravings by French painter and engraver Flipart of paintings by the 18th century Italian artist Pietro Longhi, who produced scenes of Venetian life.
Part of a bequest by Rosemary Claire Hunter, they have been bestowed on the Museum by the Art Fund following an application by the Museum’s Keeper of Fine Art, Emma House.
“These two works are attributed to the Maestro dei Riflessi (follower of Longhi) or Master of the Reflections due to the sparkling nature of his brushwork,” said Ms House. “The works enhance the Museum’s important collection of Italian paintings, including landscapes by Canaletto and Guardi (given by the Art Fund), which represent the Venetian school in the 18th century.
“The paintings help expand the Museum’s collection into the field of social scenes and life, while enhancing its collection of artefacts relating to the same period,” she added.
The imagery of these paintings links them to the very fine collection of decorative arts -including the Lady Ludlow collection of English porcelain gifted by the Art Fund in 2004 - and equally fine examples of 18th Century textiles, including some fine woven silk fabrics gifted by the aristocracy to the convent of Poor Clares which were gifted to The Bowes Museum in 2009.
The paintings will hang long term in the central picture gallery, which along with its two adjacent galleries has recently undergone major refurbishment. They will sit alongside works by Goya, Boucher, Gainsborough and Reynolds as well as the previously mentioned Canaletto and Gaudi.
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• The Bowes Museum was created over 100 years ago by an extraordinary couple, John and Joséphine Bowes. Together they built up the greatest private collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England and constructed a magnificent building to house them in. The collection contains thousands of objects including furniture, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and many other items covering an extensive range of European styles and periods.
• The Bowes Museum receives a core funding grant from Durham County Council and as a Major Portfolio Museum, receives support from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport through the Arts Council England’s Renaissance programme. Additional revenue funding specifically for the Museum’s acclaimed exhibition programme is provided by The John Ellerman Foundation and The Friends of The Bowes Museum.
• The Bowes Museum has recently undergone major redevelopment. This work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, One NorthEast through the County Durham Economic Partnership, English Heritage, Northern Rock Foundation, The Monument Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The European Regional Development Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museum and Galleries Improvement Fund, Designation Challenge Fund, The Shears Foundation, The Richard and Suzanna Tonks Family Fund at County Durham Foundation, Durham County Council, The Friends of The Bowes Museum, The Headley Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, Fenwick Ltd, Mercers Charitable Foundation, Welton Foundation.
• Normal admission to the museum: Adults £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Six Month Pass £14.00, Children Free (under 16s). Admission allows access to all exhibitions, permanent displays and some events. Admissions are donation inclusive and are eligible for Gift Aid. If you do not wish to make a charitable donation admission prices are: Adults £8.50, Concessions £7.70, Six Month Pass £12.50, Children (under 16) and carers free.
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• The Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art, helping museums to buy and show great art for everyone to enjoy. Over the past 5 years it has given £24m to help over 200 museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections, from ancient sculpture and treasure hoards to Old Master paintings and contemporary commissions. It also supports a range of programmes which promote museums and their collections to wider audiences, including the national tour of the ARTIST ROOMS collection, the Art Fund Prize which rewards and celebrates Museum of the Year, and its Art Guide, a pioneering smartphone app offering the most comprehensive guide to seeing art across the UK. It is independently funded, the majority of its income coming from 95,000 members who, through the National Art Pass, enjoy free entry to over 220 hundred museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK, as well as 50% off entry to major exhibitions.
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