Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hail Britannia!

Hail, Britannia! Six Centuries of British Art from the Berger Collection is the current major exhibition at the Dixon Gallery. From the Dixon web site:
Hail, Britannia! Six Centuries of British Art from the Berger Collection—a rich survey of British art punctuated by masterworks from every period in British history! The Berger Collection is one of the most impressive collections of British art in America, providing audiences the rare opportunity to view portraits, landscapes, sporting subjects, history paintings, and more by Britain’s great masters within a vast chronological range.

The painting highlighted in the promotional material is Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VI), c. 1538, by Hans Holbein the Younger and studio (1497/8 - 1543):

There were many other portraits, including this one of Henry VIII from circa 1513:

and Miss Craigie, 1741, by Allan Ramsay:

There were landscapes, too, including A Coastal Landscape by Thomas Gainsborough:

A Pastoral Landscape with Shepherds and Their Flocks (1744) by George Lambert:

and View of Powerscourt Demesne, ca. 1789, by William Ashford:

One of the rooms displayed five paintings of horses, including The Start of a Horse Race (1952) by Sir Alfred J. Munnings:

My favorite painting at this exhibition was The Crucifixion (c. 1395):

You can read more about the collection at its web site.

I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibit. There was such a variety covering such a long period of time.


  1. I think Miss Craigie is very beautiful, and such gorgeous silk - you can almost touch it, can´t you? And I like this portrait of Henry VIII, not the image of him one is used to seeing, the older, heavier man. This post makes me think I must visit the National Gallery during our stay in London this summer.

    I am, since childhood, a bit scared of crucifixion scenes, but I just read that the virgin used to always be painted with a blue cape, since the blue pigment was so rare and expensive (lapis lazuli was only mined in Afghanistan, apparently) - hence, the name "Royal blue".

    You are lucky to live near such a nice museum!

    1. Yes, I love Miss Craigie, so beautiful! I didn't want to leave her. The Dixon has a wonderful permanent collection and also does nice temporary exhibits. And the gardens! It is fun having such a good museum close :)