Coming soon! Love and Death
This week I’ve been busy with preparations for our exhibition Love and Death: Victorian Paintings from Tate, which opens on 8 September.
We’ll be showing the eleven loans alongside paintings, sculpture and works on paper from BMAG’s own collections. The Museum is famous for its Pre-Raphaelites, but our works by other Victorian artists are much less well known. The paintings from Tate will give us a context for showing important works from the collection by artists associated with Classicism, Aestheticism and Symbolism, including Albert Moore, Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Frederic Leighton.
Here’s a sneak preview of one of the BMAG works selected for the exhibition: an exquisite pencil study by Leighton for the profile of the dead Romeo in The Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet, dated 1854.
Look out for previews of more paintings and drawings in the show over the coming weeks.
Victoria Osborne, Curator (Fine Art)