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Painting in Italy 1510-1740

The paintings in this room were created in Italy, in various artistic centres and over a period of two hundred years. Bringing together this great range of painting evokes something of the first displays at Buckingham Palace, during the reign of George III.

Several strands of Italian art are here on show. There are sober male portraits, often painted with a bare minimum of detail and colour range, but conveying great psychological intensity. There are ideal female figures, derived from the study of antique sculpture, their beauty impassive however dramatic the narrative. There are expressive landscapes, ranging from a cataclysmic storm to the unruffled stillness of a sunset. Then there are Canaletto’s boldly expressive views of Venice, where the imposing monuments of the city are spiced with a hint of picturesque shabbiness.

Andrea del Sarto (Florence 1486-Florence 1530)

Portrait of a Woman in Yellow

Parmigianino (Parma 1503-Casalmaggiore 1540)

Pallas Athene

Parmigianino (Parma 1503-Casalmaggiore 1540)

Portrait of a Young Nobleman

Attributed to Pontormo (1494-1556)

The Virgin and Child

Lorenzo Lotto (Venice c. 1480-Loreto 1556)

Andrea Odoni

Cristofano Allori (1577-1621)

Judith with the Head of Holofernes

Domenico Fetti (Rome c. 1588-Venice 1623)

Vincenzo Avogadro

Gaspard Dughet (1615-75)

Seascape with Jonah and the Whale

Guido Reni (Bologna 1575-Bologna 1642)

Cleopatra with the Asp

Guido Cagnacci (Santarcangelo di Romagna 1601-Vienna 1663)

Jacob Peeling the Rods

Guercino (Cento 1591-Bologna 1666)

The Libyan Sibyl

Claude Lorrain (1604/5-82)

A View of the Campagna from Tivoli

Claude Lorrain (1604/5-82)

Harbour Scene at Sunset

Claude Lorrain (1604/5-82)

Coast scene with the Rape of Europa

Canaletto (Venice 1697-Venice 1768)

The Bacino di San Marco on Ascension Day

Filippo Lauri (Rome 1623-Rome 1694)

Jacob Fleeing from Laban