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Castles, both real and imagined, are celebrated in this exhibition of European Old Master paintings from the National Gallery.

The National Gallery, London is touring Bernardo Bellotto’s The Fortress of Königstein from the North (approx 1756-58), one of the most original and impressive examples of 18th-century landscape painting.

Bellotto’s masterpiece will be displayed alongside five other European Old Master paintings from the National Gallery’s collection featuring castles both real and imagined. The display will be enhanced by watercolours, drawings, prints and oils featuring castles in Sunderland Museum’s own collection including LS Lowry’s drawing of Bamburgh Castle, and other North East castles such as Brancepeth, Warkworth, Lambton, Barnard, Durham and Prudhoe castles.

The Castles Tour is part of the National Gallery’s commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of Old Master paintings to as wide an audience as possible and has been made possible with the support of Art Fund.

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