Pon­der­ing Por­trai­ture

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The Na­tional Trust and The Hol­burne Mu­seum in Bath will be host­ing a very spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion this May through to Septem­ber 16th. Go along to see the first ever ex­hi­bi­tion to bring to­gether Dutch 17th cen­tury paint­ings from Na­tional Trust collections around the coun­try, plus an ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cussed on Thomas Gains­bor­ough's the­atri­cal por­traits. There will be a plethora of paint­ings to en­joy, in­clud­ing works by mas­ters of the ‘Golden Age' such as Rem­brandt van Rijn, Peter Lely, Gabriel Metsu, Ael­bert Cuyp and Cor­nelis de Heem. The ex­hi­bi­tion will ex­plore what made Dutch art so sought-af­ter among coun­try house own­ers and how Dutch art col­lect­ing in Bri­tish coun­try houses de­vel­oped over the cen­turies, as tastes and in­ter­ests changed. Also don't for­get to re­visit the mu­seum from the 5th Oc­to­ber for ‘Gains­bor­ough and the The­atre', cel­e­brat­ing the painter's close in­volve­ment with the the­atre world of Lon­don and Bath. It will show­case some of his finest por­traits of his friends in the the­atre, cre­at­ing a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween the lead­ing ac­tors, man­agers, mu­si­cians, play­wrights, de­sign­ers, dancers and crit­ics of the 1760s to 1780s. Find out more about this year's exhibitions on­line at hol­burne.org.

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