Defining a dynasty- a gem of a show.

Defining a dynasty- a gem of a show.

For colour – and sheer quality – Bath’s Holburne Museum has got itself a little gem of a new exhibition which brings together a variety of artistic work – across the whole  Bruegel family dynasty – for the first time in this country.


Guests admire the newly-discovered masterpiece.

Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty helps unravel the complex family tree – revealing the originality and diversity of its members across four generations of painters.


Thirty-five works are on display – including masterpieces from the National Gallery, Royal Collection Trust, the National trust, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Barber lnstitute of Fine Arts.

Pride of place goes to the discovery of a masterpiece in the museum’s own collection.

This is Director Jennifer Scott’s last big show before she leaves for a new post as Director of the Dulwich Gallery in London.


Bruegel expert Amy Orrock and Holburne Director Jennifer Scott.

She has co-curated the display with Bruegel expert Amy Orrock who has also written  a book to accompany the exhibition.


The book Amy Orrock has written to accompany the exhibition.

lt’s not the biggest of galleries to lay out such an exclusive exhibition but – with a clever use of space and colour – the Holburne’s succeeded in providing the perfect background to show off both the talent and diversity of Antwerp’s most famous artistic dynasty and give you room to appreciate it.

Bath Newseum spoke to Jennifer and Amy – just before the special preview.


A book to accompany the exhibition Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty is written by Amy Orrock and published by Philip Wilson and will be on sale in the Holburne’s Gift Shop for £16.95.

Principal Exhibition Sponsor Bath Spa University Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty 11 February – 4 June 2017 £10 Full Price | £9 concessions | £5 Art Fund, Full Time Student | FREE Entry to under 16s and All Museum Members All tickets purchased online will state 5pm but are valid at any time during our opening hours The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB

Open daily, free admission 10am to 5pm (11am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays) T: 01225 388569 | E: |

City gallery to hang ‘masterpiece’

City gallery to hang ‘masterpiece’

A touch of Venice is coming to Bath. The city’s Victoria Art Gallery is to host one of the world’s most famous masterpieces – Canaletto’s ‘A Regatta on the Grand Canal’ from March to May 2015.

'A Regatta on the Grand Canal' by Canaletto. © National Gallery

‘A Regatta on the Grand Canal’ by Canaletto.
© National Gallery

The much-loved work is on tour from the National Gallery Collection in London and is travelling around the UK as the second painting in the three-year Masterpiece Tour.

The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath will be the first host venue for the masterpiece from 7 March to 3 May 2015 before it journeys on to Compton Verney in Warwickshire and Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens.

Ben Stevens (Lib-Dem, Widcombe), the Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, said: “We are absolutely delighted that the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath has been selected to host Canaletto’s A Regatta on the Grand Canal as part of the Masterpiece Tour programme.

“18th century Bath was a popular tourist destination, with its hot spring water and fashionable architecture. Just like in Canaletto’s Venice, wealthy visitors were enthusiastic purchasers of paintings and prints of the city as reminders of their travels. The Victoria Art Gallery will be displaying a selection of Bath views alongside Regatta on the Grand Canal, looking at Canaletto’s influence on British art and the 18th century enthusiasm for view painting.”

The Masterpiece Tour is part of the National Gallery’s commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge and appreciation of Old Master paintings to as wide an audience as possible. This opportunity to bring hugely popular National Gallery paintings to the public’s doorstep is being made possible by the generous support of Christie’s.

The Victoria Art Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 1.30pm to 5pm. It is closed on Mondays and Bank Holidays.