Segments in this Video

Introduction: Dulwich Picture Gallery (05:17)


The paintings represent a moment in history and were assembled around 1800. They include a portrait of Queen Victoria at the age of four, "A View of Walton Bridge," and "Jacob's Dream."

John Soane Building (04:03)

Soane responded well to financial pressure. He decided to use London brick; Rick Mather designed the new wing in 1999. Sir Francis Bourgeois and Noel Desenfans bequeathed their collection to Dulwich College.

Museum Masterpieces (03:01)

The Old Master collection includes great works by Nicolas Poussin and Peter Paul Rubens. The Dulwich Picture Gallery does not purchase new works. Sophia Plendor works on the restoration of Rembrandt‘s "Girl at a Window."

"Miss Siddons as the Tragic Muse" (03:08)

Plendor analyzes the condition report of a Joshua Reynolds painting that was returned after exhibitions in London and Italy. Ian Dejardin describes how actresses were not considered respectable. Galleries exchange paintings to encourage the enjoyment of visual arts.

Changing Exhibitions (02:02)

Eloise Stuart supervises the removal of Graham Sutherland's paintings. The Dulwich Picture Gallery is too small to host a retrospective on Johannes Vermeer or Vincent Van Gogh.

Art Education (08:38)

The studio hosts a range of art programs including carving, painting, watercolors, and sculpture. A scientist discusses cows eating mango leaves for the creation of India Yellow pigment. Gillian Wolfe traces the history of the education program.

Conclusion: Dulwich Picture Gallery (02:46)

The staff wants people to return because they love it; Ginger the cat is part of the gallery. The museum has strong local support.

Credits: Dulwich Picture Gallery (00:28)

Credits: Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Dulwich Picture Gallery is England’s first purpose-built public art gallery. Designed by Sir John Soane, the influential building holds one of the world’s finest Old Master collections including great works by Poussin, Rubens, Canaletto, Reynolds and Gainsborough. This film goes behind the scenes at the gallery, and offers an insider’s view of a vibrant working world. Included are the restoration of Rembrandt‘s glorious Girl at a Window, exhibition re-hangs, the work of the gallery’s award-winning education team, and extensive interviews with the key creatives. The documentary addresses the gallery’s remarkable history, architecture and collection, and is complemented by an additional twenty short films looking at a selection of its finest masterpieces. Intimate and revealing, this film of Dulwich Picture Gallery offers a unique view of one of the nation’s favorite galleries.

Length: 30 minutes

Item#: BVL194791

ISBN: 978-1-64867-417-4

Copyright date: ©2006

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