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Imagine a Castle: Paintings from the National Gallery, London


28 Jan 2020 - 10 May 2020


National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP

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In 2017, The Fortress of Königstein from the North (1756–8) – one of the most original and impressive examples of 18th-century landscape painting by the Venetian master Bernardo Bellotto – was saved for the nation. To celebrate its acquisition, and reflect the commitment of London’s National Gallery to ensure its collection is shared and enjoyed throughout the UK, this picture, accompanied by five other National Gallery European Old Master paintings featuring castles and fortresses, will be shown in exhibitions and displays in venues around the UK in 2020 and early 2021.

In Cardiff, Imagine a Castle: Paintings from the National Gallery, London will show these works for the first time in Wales. Often called the ‘land of castles’, Wales has over six hundred of them and they hold an important symbolic role in the Welsh nation’s history and contested identity. Many renowned artists have used the motif of the castle as a way to represent Wales’ wild, majestic, and romantic landscapes. In this way, Imagine a Castle will complement and highlight the rich and diverse representations of castles in the collections of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. These works, from two national collections, will encourage the formation of new and imaginative perspectives.