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    PLATFORM PROMOTING
    OLD MASTERS AND
    ANTIQUITIES TO A 21ST
    CENTURY AUDIENCE.
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    CONCEPT IN ARTS
    ENGAGEMENT, INSPIRING
    AND ENTERTAINING.
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    CURATED VISITS, FILMS,
    AND RESEARCH-LED
    PUBLICATIONS
    PROMOTING EXCELLENCE.

The Grand Tour in Venice

The Grand Tour was a rite of passage, a tour round Europe taken traditionally by aristocratic young men as a means of rounding off their education before settling down to the more serious business of life. Its heyday was the eighteenth century and its goal was Italy, where many travellers acquired Old Master paintings and classical sculpture to adorn their town or country houses.


The present “Grand Tour Diaries” focus on Venice and the descriptions of visitors and residents over a period of three hundred years.


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Masterclass: Arms and Armour with Dr. Tobias Capwell

Led by curator of Arms and Armour at The Wallace Collection, Dr. Tobias Capwell, our latest Masterclass delves into some of the highlights of the Wallace's important collection of armour. Tobias discusses how these 'hollow sculptures' are decorative works of art, which reflect both function and fashion. Tobias also talks about how collectors in the 19th Century created composite suits out of armour from many different periods, materials and places.
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Colnaghi Studies Journal -04

We are pleased to announce that the MARCH 2019 volume of COLNAGHI STUDIES JOURNAL is now online.

This edition features new research on Cecco Bravo, Van Eyck, Titian and Ribera, as well as Madame de Pompadour's passion for blue porcelain cats!




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De Mena, Murillo, Zurbarán. Masters of the Spanish Baroque

8 March
until 6 October 2019

Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges

Canaletto and Venice

23 February
until 9 June, 2019

Doge's Palace, Venice

Henry Moore : The Helmet Heads

6 March
until 23 June 2019

The Wallace Collection, London