A year and onescore past, three grandiloquent paintings left the National Gallery of Zimbabwe Permanent Collection on loan, to be housed in the halls of the prodigious Tudorian Eltham Palace in Greenwich, London. Surrounded by a remodeled Art Deco gallery’s, the Palace gave home to these three iconic paintings for a lengthy amount of time and a connection to this exchange exists in the guise of Sir and Lady Courtauld; fierce patrons of the arts and proprietors in the conception, development and establishment of many an art institution, in this particular case, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe!
The three paintings are by two Baroque artists; the first, Paolo Veronese whose two portraits, namely An Astronomer and A Patriarch are dated at the earlier point of this magnificent movement. His works demonstrate a natural subtlety in handling contrasts and a freer play of chiaroscuro is evident, invigorating his figures and creating dimension to their surroundings climatically.
Andrea Piazza is tabulated to the Late Renaissance, his painting The King of Poland received by the Doge of Venice comporting the movement’s daring diarist detailing of prosperousness with rich powerful colour occupying strewn steles that strike balance between the figurative and the formalistic elements of the work.
These paintings have completed a homecoming that has transpired both space and time and it is with great pleasure that the National Gallery of Zimbabwe uncrates and shares the paintings with the Public.
A event shall be officiated to commemorate the return of these artworks home, to the Permanent Collection in which they belong. An invitation to this event is duly extended:
Wednesday the 16th of May 2018 at 10:00hrs
There shall be a Curatorial Walkabout of this event on that date and conversation around the significance of these works will be conducted.