28 February to 5 November 2017
Monumental Murals will showcase G F Watts's ambitious mural projects, creations which were central to his agenda and practice but which remain rather overlooked. Colossal, sculptural and highly admired, this dramatic display will focus on two extremely rare large-scale murals which were painted by Watts for private homes in the 1850s.
For the first time ever, see Watts's compelling Apollo and Diana, which has never before been exhibited in public. This fascinating fragment originally formed part of a larger mural cycle at 7 Carlton House Terrace and was produced for the artist's patrons, Lord and Lady Somers.
This exhibition will bring together this forgotten masterpiece with Watts's huge classical fresco, Achilles and Briseis, painted for the Marquess of Lansdowne at Bowood House, which has recently been restored.
Additional paintings, sketches and objects will help to illustrate Watts's other mural projects, such as at those at Villa Careggi in Florence and Little Holland House and the public, prize-winning designs for frescoes at the Palace of Westminster and at Lincoln's Inn, where Watts's gigantic Justice: A Hemicycle of Lawgivers presides over the Great Hall.
Monumental Murals offers audiences the chance to appreciate this most ambitious art form, illuminating Watts's methodical refinement of a difficult technique.
Enjoy a Curator-led exhibition tour on Tuesday 9 May.
See Conservation in Action for four weeks in April and May.