Joseph Wright and the Lure of Italy
19 March – 12 June 2016
Free to all
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.
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.