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The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour: REMBRANDT	12.03.2022 - 26.06.2022

The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour: REMBRANDT 12.03.2022 - 26.06.2022

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The National Gallery Masterpiece Tour: REMBRANDT

Every year, the National Gallery partners with organisations and audiences across the UK to ensure that everyone in Britain can engage with their national collection. The Masterpiece Tour 2021-2023 is a partnership between the National Gallery, Oriel Davies, Newtown, The Beacon Museum, Whitehaven, and Carmarthenshire County Museum, who work together to select and display a painting from the National Gallery in exhibitions which offer new ways for audiences across the UK to engage with the painting.

REMBRANDT Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian Costume (1635)

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) lived during a period of enormous prosperity for the Dutch Republic, which enjoyed almost total dominion of trade in Europe. This economic boom saw scientific research, literary pursuits and the visual arts flourish.

Saskia was a cousin of Rembrandt’s art dealer, Hendrick Uylenburgh, in whose house he lived and worked during his first years in Amsterdam. The couple shared their lives for about eight years, during which time Rembrandt painted and drew Saskia continuously, and in many guises.

With his careful rendering of bountiful flowers and foliage, Rembrandt’s painting celebrates the beauty of the natural world. Saskia’s verdant splendour reflects the widespread interest in Arcadia among Rembrandt’s contemporaries. Arcadia, as mythologised by the poets of ancient Greece and Rome, is an imagined place of rustic seclusion, unspoiled by the corrupting forces of civilisation, where shepherds, nymphs and demi-gods live in harmony with nature.

Bought with contributions from the Art Fund, 1938

© The National Gallery, London

Portraits - Responding to Rembrandt

Portraits brings together a wide variety of work exploring the figurative, and looking at depictions of the self or others through the artists' eye.

Blodeuwedd in Arcadia - Responding to Rembrandt

The idea of Arcadia has long fascinated artists. It has connections with a rural idyll, a bucolic past, escape to the country, or a rural utopia. These are all ideas that are relevant to our programme here at Oriel Davies. The idea of transformation is something else that fascinates us. Blodeuwedd symbolises transformation within the natural and magical worlds. Here we create a woodland, a space for contemplation and making things change.

Immerse yourself in Arcadia.

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