The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Sunday, September 22, 2019


Conservation ahead of new exhibition reveals surprising element to Royal Collection painting
Painted in 1643, A Village Fair with a Church Behind by Isack van Ostade is one of 27 works going on display in the exhibition Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer.


LONDON.- From street vendors peddling food to singers performing to a crowd, a 17th-century Dutch painting in the Royal Collection captures all the rustic charm of a village fair. But work undertaken by Royal Collection Trust conservators ahead of a new exhibition opening at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace next month has revealed that all was not quite as it seemed. Painstaking cleaning of the painting has uncovered a squatting figure relieving himself in the foreground, hidden for more than 100 years under overpainted shrubbery.

Painted in 1643, A Village Fair with a Church Behind by Isack van Ostade is one of 27 works going on display in the exhibition Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer. It was acquired in 1810 by George IV, when Prince of Wales, and hung in the Middle Room at Carlton House, the Prince's London residence on Pall Mall. Inventories of Carlton House in the Royal Archives show that the coarse, comic depictions of peasant life in A Village Fair with a Church Behind would have been entirely to the future king's taste.

It is believed that the offending figure was painted over in 1903, when the work, which by then hung in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, was sent for treatment by an art restorer. The modified painting, perhaps now more in tune with Edwardian sensibilities, was returned to the Picture Gallery, where it hung for several more years. A similar alteration had been made to A Village Revel by Jan Steen, 1673, also acquired by George IV and in the Royal Collection. The painting shows a group of country people drinking and brawling outside an inn, symbolising human folly. Conservation revealed that the tavern sign was originally painted with an image of a man with his buttocks exposed, which at some point had been overpainted with a bull's head.

Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen's Pictures and curator of the exhibition said: 'Dutch artists often include people or animals answering the call of nature partly as a joke and partly to remind viewers of that crucial word 'nature', the inspiration for their art. Queen Victoria thought the Dutch pictures in her collection were painted in a 'low style'; two years after her death perhaps a royal advisor felt similarly'.

Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer, opening on 13 November, brings together some of the finest 17th-century Dutch paintings in the Royal Collection, including 'The Music Lesson' by Vermeer. Created during the Dutch 'Golden Age', these works represent a high point in genre painting, ordinary scenes of everyday life rendered in extraordinary detail. Many of the works included humorous or moralising messages for the contemporary viewer to decode.






Today's News

November 3, 2015

The Crocker Art Museum opens exhibition of German drawings from the 16th century

Artemis Gallery's Oct. 22 auction was company's 'busiest ever,' attracting $200K in absentee bids

Bosch Research and Conservation Project announces newly discovered drawing by Hieronymus Bosch

Discovery of rare 15th century Donatello sculpture unveiled by scholar-dealer Andrew Butterfield

Columbia University Libraries showcase donor-funded conservation of important portrait

Exhibition of 25 drawings from the 1960s and 1970s by David Hockney opens at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Conservation ahead of new exhibition reveals surprising element to Royal Collection painting

Christie's to offer works from various private collections in its American Art auction

Work begins to restore mansion that was once home to famed novelist Alexandre Dumas

Sotheby's New York to offer a group of Millet drawings in the 19th Century European Art Sale

Rubin Museum hires Jorrit A.M. Britschgi as Director of Exhibitions, Collections, and Research

Sotheby's to offer "Robert Frank: The Americans" from the Ruth and Jake Bloom Collection

Tel Aviv Museum of Art adds the Roland-Rosenberg Collection to its holdings

Behold the allure of cigarette holders as revealed in new illustrated book

Only-known one sheet for Tarzan the Ape Man: How much will it bring at Heritage Auctions?

Exhibition of sculptures and works on paper by H.C. Westermann opens at Venus Over Manhattan

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery exhibits works by John Wolseley and Mulkun Wirrpanda

Minneapolis Institute of Art appoints Robert Cozzolino as Curator of Paintings

Joannes Blaeu's first edition of Atlas Major, 1662 to be offered at Sotheby's in London

20th Biennale of Sydney unveils artist list and exhibitions presented across seven 'Embassies of Thought'

Newark Museum names Deborah Kasindorf Deputy Director of Institutional Advancement

Spink announces highlights from its classic auction of Great Britain Stamps and Postal History

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki announces new Curator, Māori Art

Los Angeles-based architecture firm Johnston Marklee present an installation in the MCA Café

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful