Velázquez painting returns to National Trust
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.”