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The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned

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The Wild, the Beautiful and the Damned is to be a  new temporary exhibition about the story of beauty, debauchery and decadent art at the late Stuart Court. 5 April 2012 – 30 September 2012  Hampton Court Palace.

Portrait of Nell Gwyn as Venus c.1668, Peter Lely

I was lead to this intriguing exhibition from the Treasure Hunt National Trust Collections blog, and their article on the removal of one of their paintings to loan to the exhibition.  When you visit these exhibitions you do not always think about where the paintings may have come from, it’s really interesting to hear about their journey and history as a prelude to seeing the main exhibition. Go read the article on the picture, a portrait by Sir Peter Lely of Barbara Villiers – Travels with Barbara and then wander around the rest of this beautifully illustrated and educational site.


About aalid

Book loving, craft obsessed, retro, library working, slightly geeky female. Probably old enough to know better but refusing to learn, persistantly looking for the aesthetically pleasing in life to cheer up my apparently miserable face! The Mage and Raven is my bookshop - it doesnt exist - except for inside my brain.

2 responses »

  1. Thanks for the mention! Yes the ‘secret life of exhibitions’ is a fascinating subject – the researching and tracking down and requesting and packing up and transporting and arranging of the exhibits – and if it is a good exhibition the visitor isn’t aware of any of that, of course 🙂

  2. Definitely a blog idea – well I’d read it 🙂


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