Renaissance Ferrara

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Ferrara was an exciting place for writers and artists, and the greatest talent of the time was attracted to the city by the money and taste of the d’Este family. This princely dynasty governed Ferrara from a moated Gothic castle, which was modernised with fashionable mythological paintings in the 15th and 16th centuries. Alfonso d’Este created a wonderful private gallery, the Camerino d’Alabastro, with works by Giovanni Bellini and Titian exhibited alongside antique marbles. The gallery was dismantled in 1598, and its paintings now grace the walls of the National Gallery in London and other great museums. These masterpieces – including Titian’s Bacchus and Ariadne – are the subject of this lecture, which also assesses the role of the d’Este family as art collectors.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, including bank holidays, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Entry details


Tickets cost 10

To book, call 0870 050 3688 Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.30pm


Lines open 9.00am Friday 4 September

Thursday 29 October, 2.30pm

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)