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Velázquez at Kingston Lacy: Lecture by Dr Gabriele Finaldi, 21 July

Philip IV hunting Wild Boar (La Tela Real)
Diego Velázquez, Philip IV hunting Wild Boar (La Tela Real), probably 1632-7, oil on canvas, 182 x 302 cm. The National Gallery, London, inventory no. NG197

A unique landscape by artist Diego Velázquez, painted for King Philip IV of Spain, is on loan from the National Gallery in London for the first time, and is exhibited at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy in Dorset.
La Tela Real takes pride of place in the dining room, while Kingston Lacy’s The Judgement of Solomon by Sebastiano del Piombo is on loan to the National Gallery, where it joined a major exhibition charting Sebastiano’s extraordinary friendship with Michelangelo, master of the Italian High Renaissance.

La Tela Real 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.
Identifiable figures include Philip IV, in the right mid-ground, meeting the charge of the boar. Immediately to his left is the powerful Count-Duke of Olivares (first minister to the king) and beyond him most likely the Infante Don Carlos, Philip’s brother. The king’s first wife, Isabella of Bourbon, watches the events from the comfort and safety of one of the carriages inside the enclosure.

La Tela Real is exceptional amongst Velázquez’s body of work. An extremely rare and individual landscape, it was designed around 1636-8 for The Torre de la Parada, Philip IV’s hunting lodge near Madrid. At Kingston Lacey it will be possible to enjoy an intimate encounter with this artwork, similar to that enjoyed by the king and his court in its original private, royal setting.

Moreover, it will be possible to enjoy the painting together with Kingston Lacy’s 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 near-contemporary copy of the artist’s Las Meninas, one of the most enigmatic and famous images in the history of Western art.

To reveal the story of La Tela Real and the fascinating associations with Kingston Lacy’s own outstanding collections, Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery,  will give a lecture  looking at Velázquez as an artist along with the history surrounding Philip IV of Spain and the art of boar hunting.

The lecture will take place on 21 July. Tickets are £12 per person, with a welcome drink from 6.30pm, time to explore the state rooms at Kingston Lacy, before the lectures start at 7pm.

Tickets must be booked in advance on 0344 249 1895 or online.
Visitors can see La Tela Real on display until September. The house at Kingston Lacy opens via a timed ticket system. Tickets can be booked online.

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Exhibition: Goya portraits: National Gallery, London

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Forthcoming exhibition:
Goya Portraits
National Gallery, London
Wed 7 October 2015 – Sun 10 January 2016

The first exhibition in the UK to focus solely on Goya’s portraits. It will look at a wide range of works across his career, from official commissions depicting monarchs and generals through to informal images capturing close friends and colleagues. Among them, court servants in Madrid,such as Andrés del Peral (c.1797), who was appointed guilder to the court of Charles III in 1785, only a year before Goya’s own appointment as court painter. The exhibition will present new research on the artist and sitters by its curator Xavier Bray, Chief Curator, Dulwich Picture Gallery and ARTES member.

ARTES AGM and Lecture: National Gallery and Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 10 July 2014

National_Gallery_London_2013_March       PROGRAMME

11:00               Meet in Room 63, National Gallery

Nicola Jennings (Courtauld Institute): Bartolomé Bermejo’s St Michael
Juan de Flandes’ Christ Appearing to the Virgin
Michael Sittow ‘sThe Ascension

12:00               AGM (Sainsbury Wing Conference Room)

13:00               Lunch

14:00               East Wing: Room 30

Peter Schade (Head of Framing): Recent framing projects (incl. Valdes Leal)
Larry Keith (Head of Conservation and Keeper): Restoration of Velázquez’s Christ in the House of Martha and Mary
Xavier Bray: Goya’s Portrait of Andres del Peral (Room 39)
Marjorie Trusted: Velázquez’s St John on Patmos and Immaculate Conception
Letizia Treves (Head of Curatorial Department and Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings 1600-1800): Zurbarán’s two paintings of Saint Francis in Meditation, and display plans Room 30
Susan Wilson: Zurbarán’s St Margaret of Antioch (Room 30)
Xanthe Brook: Murillo’s portraits

16:00               End

2014-06-Courtauld-Somerset HouseClosing Lecture: Ronda Kasl (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), The Sum of Virtues: Sovereignty and Salvation at the Cartuja de Miraflores
17:00-1800, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand

Followed by a drinks reception