Velázquez paint­ing re­turns to Na­tional Trust

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Kingston Lacy, Wim­borne, Dorset Show­ing un­til: Septem­ber 2016

A unique land­scape by artist Diego Velázquez, painted for King Philip IV of Spain, has left the Na­tional Gallery in Lon­don for the first time, to be ex­hib­ited at the Na­tional Trust’s Kingston Lacy in Dorset

La Tela Real takes pride of place in the din­ing room and is a land­scape scene de­pict­ing a type of boar hunt, staged by the Span­ish kings on feast days and to hon­our spe­cial guests. The quarry was hunted within a can­vas ( tela) en­clo­sure (so giv­ing the name La Tela Real, i.e. The Royal En­clo­sure). Owing to the tremen­dous ex­pense and labour in­volved, only the king could af­ford such a spec­ta­cle.

Di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Gallery, Dr Gabriele Fi­naldi, says: “We are delighted to be lend­ing Velázquez’s ‘Tela Real’, an ex­cep­tional work in the artist’s oeu­vre, to join the ex­cep­tional col­lec­tion of Span­ish paint­ings housed at Kingston Lacy, where it can be seen through­out the spring and sum­mer of this year.”

Kingston Lacy has a re­mark­able col­lec­tion of Span­ish paint­ings, as­sem­bled by Wil­liam John Bankes and proudly dis­played in his op­u­lent ‘Span­ish Room’. The finest works in­clude Velázquez’s por­trait of Car­di­nal Camillo Mas­simi, and a nearcon­tem­po­rary copy of the artist’s Las Men­i­nas, one of the most enig­matic and fa­mous im­ages in the history of Western art.

Gen­eral Man­ager at Kingston Lacy, Tim Turner, com­ments “we are delighted to have this one-off op­por­tu­nity to dis­play Velázquez’s La Tela Real, an im­por­tant piece of art which en­hances the col­lec­tion we al­ready have at Kingston Lacy and which gives our vis­i­tors a chance to see the paint­ing out­side of a large gallery en­vi­ron­ment, in a his­toric house con­text.”

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