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Bruegel Defining a Dynasty Exhibition
Feb 11 – Jun 4 all-day
Bruegel Defining a Dynasty Exhibition @ The Holburne Museum | Bath | England | United Kingdom

The Holburne Museum is proud to announce the UK’s first exhibition devoted to the Bruegel dynasty, including recent attributions for two paintings from the Museum’s own collection. Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty will unravel the complex Bruegel family tree, revealing the originality and diversity of Antwerp’s famous artistic dynasty across four generations through 29 works, including masterpieces from the National Gallery, Royal Collection Trust, the National Trust, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

A key work in the exhibition will be Wedding Dance in the Open Air, an oil painting from the Holburne’s own collection which, following conservation work and technical examination, can be attributed firmly to the hand of Pieter Brueghel the Younger. Previously thought to be the work of a copyist or follower of Brueghel, it now takes its place as the only version of this popular scene in a UK public museum. Together with Robbing the Bird’s Nest and the Visit to a Farmhouse, also featured in the exhibition, this new discovery makes the Holburne Museum the primary collection of Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s work in the UK.

A book to accompany the exhibition Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty is written by Amy Orrock and published by Philip Wilson and is on sale in the Holburne’s Gift Shop for £16.95.

Principal Exhibition Sponsor Bath Spa University

Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty 11 February – 4 June 2017 £10 Full Price | £9 concessions | £5 Art Fund, Full Time Student | FREE Entry to under 16s and All Museum Members

All tickets purchased online will state 5pm but are valid at any time during our opening hours

The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB Open daily, free admission 10am to 5pm (11am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays) T: 01225 388569 | E: |

Anne Desmet RA
Mar 11 – Jun 4 all-day
Anne Desmet RA @ The Holburne Museum

Wirth Gallery

Distinguished wood engraver Anne Desmet presents a series of journeys through time. These recent prints and mixed media collages will take you to New York, London and an imaginary beyond, exploring the tones and textures of changing seasons, times of day and layers of history. The exhibition will include the first showing of a new series of six engravings, Manhattan, based on the Chrysler Building in New York City.
Liverpool-born Anne Desmet studied at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking by the Central School of Art and Design, London. She teaches wood engraving widely, particularly at the Royal Academy Schools. In 2011, Desmet was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, only the third wood engraver ever elected to the RA in its entire history.
This is Anne Desmet’s second solo exhibition at the Holburne, following Towers & Transformations in 1999. The artist’s intricately detailed engravings and minute, spellbinding collaged fragments recall the finest of Sir William Holburne’s tiny treasures and Grand Tour souvenirs.

Join Anne Desmet at In Conversation on 30 March 7-8pm as she discusses her work with Amina Wright (Senior Curator, Holburne Museum).

In Conversation with Anne Desmet
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
In Conversation with Anne Desmet @ The Holburne Museum

Join wood engraver Anne Desmet as she discusses her work with Amina Wright (senior Curator, Holburne Museum). The conversation will examine the artist’s printmaking and collage techniques, follow her on her travels, and explore links between her work and the Holburne Collection.

Café and Exhibition open 6-7pm.

Visit our Free exhibition Anne Desmet RA: Under Changing Skies between Saturday 11 March and Sunday 4 June 2017.


Willem Wissing’s Portrait of Laurence Hyde
Apr 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Willem Wissing's Portrait of Laurence Hyde @ The Holburne Museum

CURATOR’S CHOICE: Willem Wissing’s Portrait of Laurence Hyde, First Earl of Rochester

Behind Laurence Hyde, Earl of Rochester’s famous name and sumptuous portrait lies a story of surprising connections and changing fortunes at the Stuart court. The artist, Willem Wissing, was part of an important group of artists from the Low Countries who created for the Stuart monarchs in England in the 17th century a portrait style with an enduring legacy. This talk will examine the lives of the artist and the sitter, both of which in their way were linked to the political and religious upheavals in England from the reign of Charles II to Queen Anne.

Easter Eggstravaganza
Apr 9 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Easter Eggstravaganza @ The Holburne Museum

Come and enjoy an afternoon of creative activities inspired by the peasants, proverbs, tulips, butterflies and beetles in our colourful exhibition Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty. Join us and:

• Decorate a speckled egg for our giant bird’s nest
• Add to our tremendous tulip walkway
• Create a dazzling dragonfly to wear
• Decorate a beetle box
• Make a dancing puppet

Sing Shakespeare
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sing Shakespeare @ The Holburne Museum

Celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday in the elegant surroundings of the Brownsword Picture Gallery. be entertained by the vocal talents of Operaletta as they pay their annual visit to the museum. They will present a tuneful, interesting and sometimes surprising selection of pieces inspired by the Bard of Avon. They will be accompanied by Geoff Ditcham with an introduction by Peter Redfern. Seating is limited and, as this enjoyable evening is always popular, you are advised to buy your tickets early!