Image: Detail from Raphael, 'Seated woman reading with child'. Metalpoint with white bodycolour, circa 1512-14.
With one more week to go before the Old Master Drawings Cabinet closes over the Christmas period (10 November to 23 December), this is everybody’s last chance to see the current selection of pictures. After being on display since July 2012, the drawings will “go dark”, meaning they will be put into light and climate controlled storage for at least a year for each month they have been displayed, and the botanical drawings currently hung along the higher parts of the walls will also be put away for conservation reasons.

This first display was chosen to showcase the extraordinary breadth of the Devonshire Collection, including big names such as Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, and Raphael. In 2013, the drawing displays will focus on a single artist or theme. From 10 March to 31 July, the works chosen will all be landscapes by Rembrandt. Chatsworth is fortunate to have a significant collection of these, which will be hung alongside the Rembrandt painting already in the room. The landscape element, as well as the fresh selection of botanical drawings will also link to the theme of nature within the ‘Emma Tennant at Chatsworth exhibition’ in the New Gallery, opening two weeks later on 24 March.

Emma Tennant, the Duke’s sister, still remembers looking at the botanical drawings of the Devonshire Collection when she was a child. Some of the pictures will be displayed alongside her own botanical art in the exhibition.

So don’t miss your chance to see the drawings currently on display. We’ll be very sad to have to put them away again, but are already very excited about the programme of arts at Chatsworth during 2013.

Full details of the exhibition programme in 2013 can be found at http://www.chatsworth.org/art-and-archives/exhibitions

Hannah Obee
Curator of Exhibitions & Special Projects, Devonshire Collection

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