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'A Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling' was probably painted during Hans Holbein the Younger's first visit to England in 1526-8. It has been suggested, very plausibly, that the sitter is Anne Lovell. The starling in the background and the pet squirrel on a chain may have been intended to allude to her name: the Lovell family showed squirrels on their coat of arms and owned a house at East Harling in Norfolk. This painting can be seen in Room 4: http://bit.ly/2d6LQcT
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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot visited Avignon on a number of occasions, but this study probably belongs to a group made on a visit in the summer of 1836 which recapture the clarity and luminosity of his Italian views of 1825-8. It depicts the town from Villeneuve-lès-Avignon on the other side of the Rhône. See the painting in Gallery D: http://bit.ly/2le2UkN
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Michelangelo died #OnThisDay in 1564. Painter, on panel and in fresco, sculptor and architect, writer of sonnets, he was the first artist recognised by contemporaries as a genius. He painted 'The Manchester Madonna' in about 1497 and it remains unfinished: http://bit.ly/214Ly8x
Opening on 15 March, our spring exhibition, 'The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Michelangelo & Sebastiano', explores the extraordinary relationship between Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo: http://bit.ly/2iLaLog
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Need an escape from winter? Come and see our exhibition 'Australia's Impressionists', and enjoy dazzling landscapes like this luminous work by Charles Conder. A true work of plein-air painting, there are grains of sand trapped in the paint.
Book now, Members go free: http://bit.ly/2jTJJhx
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Jan Lievens painted this portrait of Anna Maria van Schurman in 1649. Anna Maria van Schurman was a Dutch poet and scholar. She was born in Cologne, but moved to Utrecht. She was celebrated during her lifetime for her learning and accomplishments and she also drew, etched, and engraved on glass. You can see this painting in Room 22: http://bit.ly/2iAwrmK
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Canaletto painted 'London: Interior of the Rotunda at Ranelagh' in 1754 and it hangs in Room 38. The Rotunda in Ranelagh Gardens, Chelsea, was erected as a public venue for various entertainments in 1741 and closed in 1803. Musical concerts were held and Mozart performed there in 1764: http://bit.ly/2kozFdl
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Our free Room 1 exhibition, 'Cagnacci's Repentant Magdalene', is now open. Witness Guido Cagnacci’s masterpiece, 'The Repentant Magdalene', on view in the UK for the first time in over thirty years. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2jbD2Zc
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To celebrate #ValentinesDay, here is another pair of #PaintedLovers. Jan van Eyck's 'The Arnolfini Portrait' is a portrait of Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife, but is not intended as a record of their wedding. His wife is not pregnant, as is often thought, but holding up her full-skirted dress in the contemporary fashion: http://bit.ly/2kHKMzO
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To celebrate Valentine's Day, we're highlighting some of the #PaintedLovers in our collection. In this painting by Sandro Botticelli, Mars, God of War, is asleep and unarmed, while Venus, Goddess of Love, is awake and alert. The meaning of the picture is that love conquers war, or love conquers all: http://bit.ly/29APDS4
Who are your favourite #PaintedLovers?
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Paolo Veronese's 'Four Allegories of Love' hang in Room 9. Each painting concentrates on a specific aspect. In turn, they seem to deal with ‘Unfaithfulness’, ‘Scorn’, ‘Respect’ and ‘Happy Union’, although their precise meanings remain unclear and have been much debated. The costumes and hairstyles may indicate a date in the 1570s: http://bit.ly/2kDwO1M
Join us tomorrow morning at 9.15am (GMT) for a #PaintedLovers Facebook Live broadcast focusing on these four paintings and their meanings: http://bit.ly/2jQyTsu
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