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BBC 4 Britain's Lost Masterpieces

31 Oct, 2019 (edited)
2019-10-31 6:43:08 AM UTC

If you are in the UK you can watch Britain's Lost Masterpieces. ... rpieces-series-4-1-oxford

In the Bodleian Library in Oxford, Dr Bendor Grosvenor identifies a portrait of a fellow of Merton College from the 1750s, George Oakley Aldrich. It is not known who painted the picture, but Bendor believes it is by the most famous painter of British grand tourists that ever lived, Italian artist Pompeo Batoni.

Batoni arrived in Rome at the age of 19 and quickly made a name for himself as one of the most talented painters of both religious, and mythical history, subjects. He found himself in huge demand to paint altarpieces for churches and chapels throughout the city, but after a monumental work for an altar in St Peter’s was rejected by a committee of priests, a furious Batoni turned to portrait painting and was adopted by the British aristocracy

While the painting is interesting, they also talk a lot about the Library which is of more interest for this forum, including showing the huge off-site storage center at Swindon.

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