Refreshed British Galleries in Cleveland

September 4 2020

 

Video: Cleveland Museum of Art

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Cleveland Museum of Art have produced this video showcasing the museum's newly refurbished British Galleries. It gives some fascinating details on the conservation history of several pieces from the collection, including a painting by Sir Peter Lely.

Here you can find an interview with some of the curators involved in the refurbishment. Media reports have focused in on the new interpretation that highlights what it describes as 'the sins of empire', with particular focus on a the museum's newly acquired Wright of Derby portrait of Colonel Charles Heathcote. I hope the interpretation includes a note on Wright's close friendship to key figures in the abollitionist movement.

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