This marvellous occasion introduces the exhibition The Paston Treasure, which will be on show at Norwich Castle from 23 June – 23 September.
The afternoon provides an opportunity for a sneak preview of this much-anticipated exhibition from its Curators. Guest Curator of the exhibition, Dr. Andrew Moore, and Norwich Castle’s Keeper of Art, Dr. Francesca Vanke will tell us about the extraordinary series of new discoveries that have been made during the preparation of the exhibition. Some two dozen international scholars have joined together to explore the making of the painting and its significance as a visual record of a small part of the unique collection of art and rarities, now dispersed, that were once housed at Oxnead Hall in the 17th century. The exhibition will reveal the importance of Sir William Paston’s grand tour in 1638-39 to the development of a collection of treasures inspired by those of the princely collections of Europe, notably the Medici.
With a new appreciation of this extraordinary story of a painting, a collection, a family and a great house we shall enjoy a lecture in the restored Great Barn by the exhibition curators and then a wander of the formal and informal gardens at Oxnead, which have been recreated in the 17th Century tradition. The tour will include the Church of St. Michael, which houses an array of family memorials within a few paces of the gardens.
This is a joint event with the Norfolk Branch of the Art Fund.
Tickets are £25, including tea and cake. To to secure your ticket email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the EAAF office 01603 493 668
|2.15pm||Arrive at Oxnead Hall|
|2.30 pm||The Paston Treasure, curators' talks, Great Barn|
|4.00pm||A walk in the gardens and to the Church of St Michael|