12th February 2019
Updates and News
Turner Exhibition at Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace are hosting a temporary Turner Exhibition, 'The Art of Perspective: JMW Turner's early architectural paintings and engravings', from 16 February – 22 April 2019.
Visitors will be able to discover the largest collection of Turner Paintings ever to visit Oxfordshire. Works in the collection include 'Untitled, a view of Oxford from Headington Hill', various Lecture diagrams and many more of Turner's famous artworks. Turner painted 'Blenheim, Oxfordshire' in 1833, the aspect depicting the 'Finest View in England' in his Picturesque Views in England and Wales series. Visitors will be able to see a print of this iconic image at Blenheim Palace.
The paintings will be exhibited in the opulent State Rooms and set amongst the priceless heritage of the Palace. Items from this collection are kindly on loan from the Tate, Ashmoleon Museum and University of Oxford. This is an unmissable opportunity for visitors to see an extensive Turner collection set within the landscape that Turner has painted. A master of history, landscape and marine painting, he challenged the style of the old masters, trailblazing in technique and subject matter.
Described as the 'father of modern art' by John Ruskin, Turner often shocked his contemporaries with his loose brushwork and vibrant colour palette while portraying the development of the modern world unlike any other artist at the time. It is no wonder that Turner became the most celebrated painter in England and that over one hundred and fifty years later, we celebrate contemporary artists of the same innovating spirit through the aptly named Turner Prize.