Dulwich Gallery showcases masterpieces

Art lovers staying in hotels in Marble Arch in the New Year may be interested in attending the Masterpiece a Month series of exhibitions.

Set to open on January 1st and close on December 31st, The Dulwich Gallery celebrates its bicentennial with a different display from a new major artist each month.

Among the classic masterpieces within reach of those staying in hotel accommodation in London, people can enjoy the works of Rembrandt and van Gogh.

January kicks off with Sir Thomas Lawrence's Portrait of Sir John Soane, followed by Diego Velaquez's El bufon don Sebastian de Morra in February and Johannes Vermeer's A Lady at the Virginal with a Gentelman.

Other artists include Paolo Veronese, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, David Hockney and Domenichino.

Pieces have been lent to the venue from some of the world's leading collections, including the Tate, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Entrance costs £9 per adult or £5 for children, while concessions are also available.

The venue also hosts a range of courses for adults and children, such as its evening classes which offer perspective and life drawing tuition for beginners.

Foundation courses allow intermediate artists to pick up and develop new skills, while other courses include watercolour lessons, sketching tours and one-off sessions for experimentation.

The site also serves as one of the leading event venues in London, which offers a landscaped garden, the Lindbury Room for or cafe for relaxed buffets or receptions.

All proceeds generated by hiring out the Dulwich Picture Gallery go towards its conservation and care.

Founded in 1811, the venue is England's first public art gallery when Sir Francis Bourgeois donated his collection of old masters for "the inspection of the public".

The permanent collection of art provides a "perfect introduction" to Baroque art, with pieces from 17th and 18th century old masters, including Rembrandt, van Dyck, Murillo, Poussin, Watteau, Gainsborough, Rubens, Tiepolo and Canaletto.

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