Joseph Wright and the Lure of Italy

Exploring Joseph Wright of Derby’s formative years in Italy, which marked a personal and professional turning point for the artist.

This spring four exhibitions open simultaneously across Nottingham and Derbyshire for the second year of a modern reimagining of The Grand Tour. Joseph Wright was one of the many Derbyshire travellers who embarked on the original tour – which took travellers on a cultural journey across Europe – back in the 18th century.

Masterpieces by Pompeo Batoni and other early Italian Renaissance artists are shown alongside examples of Wright's highly-skilled work, revealing how his time on the continent influenced his practice. Also on display is a folio of Raphael engravings the Derbyshire artist purchased whilst in Rome in 1775.

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Two rare oval paintings that have not been seen in public since 1934 are on loan from a private collection in Derby where they have been kept since Wright first produced them in the early 1780s.

Venue details

Derby Museum and Art Gallery The Strand, Derby Derbyshire DE1 1BS 01332 641900

Entry details

Free entry to all
Free exhibitions to all

26 – 28 Mar
Sat – Mon, 11am ​– 4pm

1 April – 31 Dec
Sat – Tue, 11am – 4pm

Closed 24 – 26 Dec