Love and Death: Victorian Paintings from Tate
Location: Birmingham Museum
8th September 2012 - 13th January 2013
This autumn eleven of the most spectacular paintings in the national collection come to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
This exclusive exhibition will display iconic paintings from Tate alongside related works from
Birmingham’s own collection. The centrepiece will be John William Waterhouse’s ‘The Lady of Shalott’ (1888), one of Tate’s most famous and popular works, which rarely travels outside London. It will be joined by two other paintings by Waterhouse: a rare opportunity to see this artist in Birmingham.
The exhibition also features classical paintings by the great 19th-century artists Frederic Leighton and Lawrence Alma-Tadema, revealing the Victorian fascination with re-imagining life in
Greece and Rome, from lovers’ flirtations to dramatic martyrdom.
Exploring themes of love, beauty, tragedy and death, these powerful and moving paintings will create a spectacular display.
Gallery 12 & 13. Free admission.
Oh to be a fly on the wall. John Waterhouse, Frederic Leighton and Lawrence Alma-Tadema, all in one orgy of Victorian art! And those themes seem most appropriate - love, beauty, tragedy and death.
Its good that those in the North can see such paintings - pity they can't come to Bristol as well. In a way though its a bit over whelming and perhaps one or two really well presented and explained might be better.
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