Bellini, Botticelli, Titian... 500 years of Italian Art
23 March – 23 June 2013
An exhibition representing the very best Italian Renaissance art from Glasgow’s extensive collection bought and bequeathed to the city by wealthy industrialists and merchants.
Thanks to a group of cultured moneymen in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Glasgow boasts one of the finest collections of Renaissance art in the UK.
In a cross-cultural exchange, Compton Verney is exhibiting 40 of these rare gems including paintings by Botticelli and Titian.
Of the wealthy individuals who brought art to Glasgow, perhaps none were more extravagant, idiosyncratic and visionary as Archibald McLellan who died a pauper having bankrupted himself in the process of acquiring his extensive collection. But we have Titian’s ‘Christ and the Adulteress’ to thank him for, a sumptuous Venetian painting with a controversial history, its rich narrative has kept critics guessing for centuries.
Two large-scale paintings by the Neapolitan master of atmospheric landscapes, Salvator Rosa.
The ‘Virgin and Child’, 1488, by the great Giovanni Bellini, celebrated for its serenity and the imaginative use of colour and ‘The Annunciation’ 1493, by Botticelli notable for the artist’s revolutionary use of mathematical perspective which gave the architecture of the paintings the impression of three dimensional depth.