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Wednesday 5th February 2014
The Royal Collection never ceases to amaze and delight all of us who enjoy spectacular exhibitions. Of these, those that combine both paintings and the decorative arts work best, given the wonderful spaces of The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace are so suited to displays of regal magnificence. The next major exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery will be The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714 – 1760, from 11 April 11 to October 12, 2014 and it is sure not to disappoint. The accession of King George I in 1714 marked a sea-change in many aspects of British life, not least in the arts. The theatrical opulence favoured by the later Stuarts was replaced by a more sober, classicising taste. The exhibition will include over 300 magnificent works from the Royal Collection to include paintings by Guide Reni, Van Dyck, Hogarth and Canaletto together with some remarkable decorative arts, all purchased by the first two Hanoverian monarchs and their families over many decades. The undoubted highlight of the exhibition is sure to be the exquisite objects (paintings, furniture and silver of the highest quality) acquired by Frederick, Prince of Wales. He was the son of George I and father of George III. In many ways he was one of our greatest royal collectors, frequently overshadowed by those other great Royal “magpies” Charles I and George IV. In connection with this exhibition, Tom Duncan will give a Study Day on the exhibition with two morning lectures at The Linnean Society in Piccadilly, followed by timed entry to the Queen’s Gallery on that afternoon.
Augusto – Exhibition Update
Wednesday 5th February 2014
As a follow on from our visit to the Augusto exhibition in Rome, very much enjoyed by those who participated, you might like to know that this spectacular show will transfer from Rome (it closes on February 9) to Paris where it can be seen at the Grand Palais from March 19 to July 13. If you are in Paris at some date during this period, this is an exhibition you should not miss. My detailed review of the Rome version of the exhibition is immediately below. However, other reviewers were equally impressed, such as the noted TV classicist and Cambridge don, Mary Beard, who in her TLS review of January 8 praised it at length: “the show has managed to gather together in one place more of the most significant, original works of art of Augustus’ reign than have ever been assembled before – even in the ancient world itself.” Christopher Smith, Director of the British School at Rome (and coincidentally the leader of our own just completed visit) reviewed it for the February issue of History Today and described it as “this brilliant evocation of the Augustan cultural revolution…” and I hope that this fulsome praise from two highly respected scholars might persuade you too to visit!
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