“The Battle of Lowestoft,” about 1690, Adriaen van Diest, Oil paint on canvas; 40 3/4 x 71 1/4 in. (Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 8.2010)
Showcasing about 60 paintings from the Denver Art Museum’s own collection, an exhibition titled “Treasures of British Art: The Berger Collection,” is on view through July 12, 2020. The show highlights how international exchange influenced British art, history, and culture.
According to the museum, the collection was gifted to Denver Art Museum in 2018 by the Berger Collection Educational Trust (BCET). According to the museum this “is the largest gift of European old masters to the DAM since the museum received the Kress Collection in the 1950s.”
Presented in chronological order, “Treasures of British Art” ranges from works from the 1400s through the late 1800s. According to the museum, it tells the story of Britain’s rich cultural history, highlights prominent personalities, iconic places and events that shaped a nation over the course of five centuries.
As stated in a press note from the museum, the exhibition, “presents 500 years of British cultural history through the stories of its people, captured by the enduring brilliance of artists of the time. The exhibition features devotional images, portraits, landscapes and sporting scenes by the greatest artists of the British School — including Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence and John Constable — as well as non-British artists who spent significant time in Britain — such as the Flemish artist Anthony van Dyck, and American artists Benjamin West and John Singer Sargent.”
The show also presents some results of a recent research conducted on the collection’s renowned group of portraits from the Tudor era. Some of the findings include, the portrait of Henry VIII that is one of seven similar Tudor royal portraits that were likely all painted by the same artist. Similarly, five of these pictures such as the Berger Henry VIII were discovered to have been painted on wood from the same tree.
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