The Italian artist Antonio Verrio (c.1636 1707) arrived in England in 1672. He brought with him from Europe the latest fashions for grand painted interiors, and found enthusiastic patrons at the decadent Restoration court, keen for some artistic splendour after the sterility of the Commonwealth. Verrio worked for Charles II at Windsor, James II at Whitehall and William III at Hampton Court, as well as transforming the state rooms at country houses across the country. This talk will consider how Verrio's art paved the way for Sir James Thornhill and his work at Greenwich.


Speaker biography:

Brett Dolman is one of the curatorial team at Historic Royal Palaces, working mainly at Hampton Court Palace. He is an art historian specialising in the 16th-18th centuries, who has created exhibitions and written about the art of the Tudor, Stuart and Georgian courts. He is co-leader of the specialist network, 'British Murals', www.britishmurals.org.


Doors open at 6.30pm, with an opportunity to view Thornhill’s masterpiece up close on the observation deck before the talk begins at 7pm.

Cost: £15, £12 concessions (students, seniors (60+), unemployed)
Ticket price includes a glass of wine.


Lift access is available but must be pre-booked. Please call or email Matilde Martinetti to reserve or discuss any other access requirements: [email protected] or 020 8269 4723.

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