Exhibition of the week: Houghton Revisited, Houghton Hall, Norfolk
Friday 17 May 2013
Once sold to Catherine the Great of Russia by his grandson, 70 paintings from Sir Robert Walpole's art collection have returned to the positions they occupied in the great Palladian house built to house them.
The exhibition is a tour of the mind of an 18th-century connoisseur. Paintings compete with furnishings, tapestries, carved sconces.
A portrait by Godfrey Kneller of John Locke, his head made all the more magnificent by the huge flurry of his wig, hangs above the fireplace. Perhaps the greatest work is a monumentally still Holy Family by Poussin, which seems to look forward to Picasso's 1920s classical nudes. This is a show of museum quality.
01603 598640; houghtonhall.com, to 29 September
film Sex scene trailer sees a shirtless Jamie Dornan turn up the heat
Maisie Williams single-handedly rises to the challengeTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
- 2 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Rashida Jones speaks out against male-centric porn saying 'women should have sex and feel good about it'
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Hard line on immigration could cost Tories the election