A Victorian Masterpiece at the National Gallery

A Victorian Masterpiece at the National Gallery
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From Queen Victoria’s favourite painter, an anthem to the natural beauty of the Highlands and the love for wildlife. After 160 years, The Monarch of the Glen returns to Trafalgar Square, Edwin Landseer’s most well-known and representative work, acquired in 2017 by the National Galleries of Scotland, thanks to an enthusiastic fundraising campaign. A life-sized deer standing tall in all its majesty is the star of one of the most popular wildlife paintings in history. Around the work are stunning landscape paintings of the Scottish Highlands and portraits with nature as their background which made Landseer a huge success, but there are also the celebrated drawings of horses by George Stubbs, the idealised master of the Victorian painter. And, as an added pleasure, paintings and graphic works connected to Landseer’s most important commission, the Lions of Trafalgar Square. The exhibition focuses on the ties between the painter and the English Crown, as seen by the sketch of a deer by none other than Queen Victoria after having admired the masterpiece of the artist, as well the relationship of Landseer with the Old British Masters and the National Gallery itself, whose first Director Sir Charles Eastlake commissioned Landseer to create paintings for the new Palace of Westminster after the fire of 1834. Among these was the famed The Monarch of the Glen.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London