In this series Tim Marlow presents a unique insight into the Courtauld Institute and Gallery, one of the finest small museums in the world. Its collection stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century and is particularly famous for its array of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. In his engaging and informative style, Tim will present his pick of the art on display in the galleries, each episode focusing on a number of key works from the Courtauld’s remarkable collection, from the precious golden altarpieces of the early Renaissance painter Bernado Daddi to Edouard Manet’s enigmatic work, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère.
The Courtauld houses an important collection of 17th century paintings and drawings and at its heart is a world-class collection of paintings by Peter Paul Rubens assembled by Count Antoine Seilern. The collection features examples of Rubens’ sketches and preparatory works, such as The Descent from the Cross, which offers a unique insight into the mind of this great Baroque master. The 18th century collection features fine examples of British portraiture, including Gainsborough’s mesmerising portrait of his wife as well as the only full-length portrait in Britain by the great Spanish master Francisco de Goya.
Marlow journeys through art history, exploring the imagery and iconography, the technique and the cultural context that inform what are some of the most profound works of Western Art. Tim will also take an exclusive look at the Courtauld’s ongoing restoration work as well as explore the evolution of the collection itself. The Courtauld Institute of Art was founded in 1932 by the industrialist and art collector Samuel Courtauld, along with the statesman and collector viscount Lee of Fareham and the lawyer Sir Robert Witt. The three were brought together by a common wish to improve the understanding of the visual arts in Britain.
Other episodes in this series:
Part 2: 17th and 18th Century Works
Part 3: Impressionists and Post-Impressionists