Last year at work we had something really exciting happening that I wasn't able to tell you about, but which I can now share with you. It is only a little snippet today, but there will be more to come over the year.
We are very lucky to be hosting an exhibition of some of the works of art collected by Sir Brinsley Ford which are now owned by his son Augustine Ford.
The paintings are all housed in a special exhibition space and also include some items from the Ford families furniture. The exhibition is open every day now. As I share more I will explain how the collection came to Basildon Park and why it is hung in the way it is and of course more about the different works of art.
Today I am just focussing on one very small part of the collection. The large painting in the middle of this wall - the one with the black and white checkered floor. It is called The Gathering of the Dilettanti Around the Medici Venus. Painted by Thomas Patch in 1760.
The painting shows many people gathered around five statues on display, the one in the centre being the Medici Venus. The man climbing on the statue is the artist, Thomas Patch. All of the people are on the Grand Tour of Europe, but rather than admiring the different works of art they are too busy talking to each other and carrying on their own conversations. There is even a dog who is also ignoring everyone else.
The work is a satire or caricature of the people on the Grand Tour, they are all more interested in themselves than appreciating the things which they are supposed to be visiting. It is more about appearances than anything else. Hence the people are the Dilettanti!
You can find out more information about this exhibition here.
Today I am joining with Barbara at Coastal Ripples for her Paint Monthly link up. Do go and visit and see some of the other interesting paintings being shared there.