Constable in Context: Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows in Perspective
17 Sep 2016 – 25 Mar 2017
Constable's masterpiece returns to the city in which it was created.
Constable considered Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows to be the culmination of his artistic achievement, and was the painting for which he hoped to be remembered. Created one year after the death of his wife, Maria, it is thought to be an expression of his turbulent emotions during this period; the grave a symbol of death, the church of faith and the rainbow of hope and optimism.
Art Fund supported both the acquisition of the piece by Tate in 2013, and a subsequent five-year national tour. Here the monumental ‘six-footer’ is brought together with a selection of other paintings that also depict the – now iconic – Salisbury Cathedral. Spanning from the 17th to the 21st century, these works offer a revealing insight into how Constable's masterpiece influenced and inspired the generations of artists that followed.