18th Century paintings 'a significant addition' to The Bowes Museum collection (From The Northern Echo)
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18th Century paintings 'a significant addition' to The Bowes Museum collection
TWO paintings, described as a significant addition to its collection of 18th Century masters, have gone on show at The Bowes Museum.
The Lover of a Venetian Lady and The Encounter of a Procurator with his Wife at Ridotto are copies of engravings by French painter and engraver Flipart of paintings by the Italian artist Pietro Longhi.
Part of a bequest, they have been bestowed on the Barnard Castle museum by the Art Fund following an application by keeper of fine art, Emma House.
She said: “The works enhance the museum’s important collection of Italian paintings, including landscapes by Canaletto and Guardi, which represent the Venetian school in the 18th century.
“The paintings help expand the museum’s collection into the field of social scenes and life, while enhancing its collection of artefacts relating to the same period,” she added.
The paintings will hang long term in the central picture gallery alongside works by Goya, Boucher, Gainsborough and Reynolds as well as Canaletto and Gaudi.
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