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: |

Round and round the Gardens.

Round and round the Gardens.

The Mayor of Bath‘s Corps of Honorary Guides is a group of men and women who volunteer each day of the year – except Christmas Day – to give visitors to the city a two-hour tour of its main attractions.

Looking down Great Pulteney Street from the Laura Place fountain.

Looking down Great Pulteney Street from the Laura Place fountain.

Starting this week the Corps is introducing a new weekly walk for summer 2013 which will explore Great Pulteney Street and Sydney Gardens

The walks will start at 11.00 am on Thursday mornings outside the Visitor Information Centre in Abbey Chambers (not the Pump Room) and finish at the Holburne Museum.  They will take about one hour and run from 23 May to 26 September which coincides with the new exhibition at the Holburne of Rembrandt and his Contemporaries: Paintings from the Royal Collection’.

It’s hoped this new weekly walk will introduce visitors to a part of Bath that the Corps doesn’t have time to cover on its daily walking tours.

Kennet and Avon Canal running through Sydney Gardens

Kennet and Avon Canal running through Sydney Gardens

Booking is only required for groups of 12 or more. There is more information about all the walks on the Corps web-site. That’s