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England's Art Treasures Go On Show in London
by Liz Clark
MANY of England's greatest art treasures have been collected together
from all over the country for an exhibition at the Royal Academy of
Arts in London.
This is a unique opportunity to see more than 400 outstanding works
in one place. The exhibition, Art Treasures of England: The Regional
Collections, began on 22 January and will continue until 13 April 1998.
Paintings, sculptures, watercolours and drawings from some 100
museums and galleries from all over England will be on show and will
include great works by artists such as Holman Hunt, whose Isabella
and the Pot of Basil is pictured here.
Masterpieces by Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Turner, Canaletto, Monet,
Degas, Bacon, Hockney and many others will be on show. The Academy
promises some surprises by showing the work of lesser-known names as
well as unfamiliar art by the famous.
Many museums established in the 19th century stressed the excellence
of British art and this is illustrated in two galleries with works by
Hogarth, Reynolds, Stubbs, Gainsborough and Constable.
The largest gallery will be given over to Victorian art but
continental European works will be shown in a series of galleries
devoted to the Renaissance, the Baroque, Neo-classicism and the 19th
Twentieth-century art, much of it English, will be shown, as well as
drawings and, that most English of mediums, watercolours. Sculpture
will be exhibited throughout the rooms.
The show is the result of an unusual collaboration between art and
sport; the exhibition is being sponsored by Peterborough United
Football Club, of Northamptonshire, southern England.
Royal Academy of Arts
Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom, W1V 0DS
Telephone: +44 171 300 8000
Fax: +44 171 300 8001