Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Calouste Gulbenkian and his taste for English Art - a temporary exhibition at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon - The 24th of January 2016

Because there was another temporary exhibition - Calouste Gulbenkian's taste for English Art, which  in a way was connected to the previous one I had been to I decided not to miss it. The exhibition's aim was to provide an overview of Calouste Gulbenkian's collection aquired during the years he spent in London in which he is said to have built up a network of contacts with Art dealers and specialists, many of whom would later play a key role in advising him on his Art aquisitions. 

The Waldegrave ladies by Valentine Green after Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) - 1781 - mezzotint (left). Mrs. Billington as St. Cecilia by James Ward  (1769-1859) after Sir Joshua Reynolds - 1803 - mezzotint - (right).

Portrait of Miss Frances Beresford by John Hoppner (1758-1810) - 1775 - oil on canvas (left). Portrait of Miss Georgiana Musgrave by James Ward - oil on canvas (right).

Diana and Actaeon by James Ward - 1798-1811 - oil on canvas

Bacchanal by Charles Sargeant Jagger (1885-1934) - 1914 - terracotta.

Flamma Vestalis after Edward Coley Burne Jones by Eugene Gaugean (1850-1900) - 1887 - etching on vellum (right).

I must say I was quite impressed particularly bearing in mind the multiple facets of Gulbenkian as an Art collector and the role he has undeniably played in making it available for the Portuguese public.


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