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Bellini, Botticelli, Titian… 500 years of Italian Art

23 March 2013 to 23 June 2013

This spectacular exhibition comprises forty of the City of Glasgow’s greatest Italian paintings – the finest and most comprehensive civic collection in the UK, and mostly unseen outside Glasgow. The works are of the highest quality and richness and chronicle a remarkable time span from 1400 - 1900, demonstrating the gradual move from religious to secular subjects. This outstanding exhibition includes landscapes, portraits and devotional works from the Renaissance by artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Sandro Botticelli, Titian, Salvator Rosa and Francesco Guardi.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a redisplay of works within Compton Verney’s own Neapolitan Collection in the first Naples gallery.

Publications to accompany the exhibition can be found here.

Exhibition organised by Glasgow Museums.

Andrea Casali, Triumph of Galatea © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection Bartolomeo Veneto, St Catherine c.1520 Glasgow City Council (Galsgow Museums) 2012 Botticelli, The Annunciation c.1490-1495 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection Federico Andreotti, The Violin Teacher c. 1875-1890 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection Francesco Guardi, View of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice c.1760 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection Giovanni Bellini, Madonna and Child c.1480-1485 © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

What the press said

Some of the most impressive of all Italian paintings” – Estelle Lovatt, Art of England

One of the most captivating exhibitions anywhere” – Russell Leadbetter, The Herald

 “Thoughtful and imaginatively curated” – Cate Devine, Sunday Herald

"What a terrific collection – enriched by the prisms of history it reflects, and a vivid sense that responses to art never stand still." - Jackie Wullschlager, FT

Read the full FT review

What the visitors said

"A visual treat for the soul & spirit "

"Such beauty, such tranquility and such peace"

"You have re-ignited my passion in painting and Italian Art...a wonderful exhibition" 



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