Work of old masters goes on display
UPTON House and Gardens is welcoming lovers of art to its new exhibition of works created by some of the art world’s most famous old masters.
A successful contemporary art exhibition took place in the home’s 1930s squash court earlier this year featuring paintings by Glen Miller who uses the old masters as inspiration for his contemporary work.
Now the cream of Upton’s collection has been brought together for a brand new display.
The exhibition will run from February 16 to July 30 and will highlight the top 24 paintings of the incredible collection, amassed by Upton’s former owner Lord Bearsted during the 1930s.
It is reputed to be one of the finest collections of any National Trust property and the chief paintings curator for the National Trust has specially selected this exhibition.
Lord Bearsted first used the squash court at Upton as a gallery when he ran out of space to hang his collection in the house.
Following in his footsteps this space was renovated by the National Trust in 2009 to be used as a gallery space.
The stunning display will include works by Bosch, El Greco and many other world renowned artists dating back to the 14th Century.
Michelle Leake, The National Trust’s collections manager said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to have these incredible paintings in this new facility.
“It will have them showing their true colours in this wonderful light space and giving our visitors the chance to really understand the story the artists were telling.
“Lord Bearsted, whose father founded the Shell Oil Company, had tremendous vision when putting his collection together and our aim is to share that vision with our visitors and we feel sure everyone will be captivated.”
Upton House & Gardens are open every day except Thursdays from February 16.
For further information call the house on 01295 670266 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/upton-house.
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