A painting by world renowned artist Rembrandt will be on display at a gallery in Newtown next month.
Saskia van Uylenburgh in Arcadian costume will be shown at Oriel Davies as part of the National Gallery Masterpieces Tour.
The painting of the artist’s first wife, Saskia, dressed as Flora, the Roman goddess of spring and fertility, will also be the subject of an exhibition focusing on Rembrandt as a portrait painter by showing his work alongside contemporary portraits.
The myth of Blodeuwedd, (Welsh: ‘Flower-Form’), which was made from the flowers of broom, meadowsweet and oak by the magicians Math and Gwydion in the Welsh collection of stories called Mabinogion, will be explored with an installation in another space using native flora.
Steffan Jones‐Hughes, Director of Oriel Davies, said: “This is a great opportunity for people to explore this historic masterpiece through the work of contemporary artists.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors and hearing their response.”
The three-year partnership with the National Gallery means that Oriel Davies will borrow a different major work of art which will be brought from London to Newtown each year until 2023.
In 2021, Chardin’s ‘The House of Cards’ was the first masterpiece on the tour to be exhibited at Oriel Davies and two other art venues – Carmarthenshire Museum, Abergwili and Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, near the Lake District.
Later this year (December 2), ‘Tobias and the Angel’ from Andrea del Verrocchio’s studio will be the third and final paintings of the tour on display at Newtown Gallery.
National Gallery director Dr Gabriele Finaldi said: “National Gallery pictures are for everyone’s enjoyment. A masterpiece by Rembrandt and a superb Renaissance painting will travel to venues around the world. Wales and North West England.
“We are delighted to work closely with our partners in Newtown, Abergwili and Whitehaven to design engaging exhibitions and programs around these stunning paintings.”
Rembrandt’s painting will be exhibited at Oriel Davies from Saturday March 12 to Sunday June 26.