Friday, 3 December 2010

Dulwich Picture Gallery's anniversary celebrations

Dulwich Picture Gallery houses one of the world's most important collections of European old master paintings of the 1600s and 1700s.The collection is also one of the oldest in Great Britain, substantially put together in the years 1790 to 1795. The paintings are housed in the first purpose-built art gallery in England, designed by Sir John Soane in 1811.
A Girl at a Window (detail), Rembrandt, 1645, Dulwich Picture Gallery collection
 Today the Gallery  announced it was marking its 200th anniversary in 2011 by displaying specially loaned paintings for a month at a time by artists such as Velázquez, El Greco,
Rembrandt, Constable and David Hockney. One of the most eye-catching is the self-portrait of Van Gogh –  for July – from the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. A 19-year-old Van Gogh walked from central London to Dulwich Art Gallery in 1873 and made a mess of the visitor's book by blotting ink all over it. Unfortunately all that is known of his experience, said Dejardin, is that he "had a nice day 

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