ART-lovers in Leamington have a rare opportunity to go dutch.
Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum has brought together all its significant Dutch and Flemish paintings in one collection for the first time.
The exhibition, Going Dutch: 17th Century Paintings from the Collection, features countryside scenes, Mediterranean views and depictions of everyday life among its themes.
It explores landscape and genre paintings as well as the culture of copying that allowed for the widespread collecting of Dutch painting during the 17th century and beyond.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of curator-led talks as well as in-gallery exhibition trails for adults and children.
Curator Jane Simpkiss said: ‘This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see the art gallery and museum’s collection of Dutch paintings which have never been displayed together before. It will include well-loved masterpieces of the collection such as Abraham Bloemaert’s The Prodigal Son and Godfried Schalcken’s Self-Portrait by Candlelight, whilst also allowing visitors to see works which have been displayed less often, particularly paintings from the George Watson bequest, acquired in 2015.
“This is the beginning of an ongoing research project into our Dutch collection and we hope that visitors will gain a greater insight into this fascinating period of art history and come away eager to learn more.’
The exhibition runs until September 10.
Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalpumprooms for more information.