entire world of Art is fascinating, stimulating and diverse. Contemporary art
is an exciting, challenging and dynamic area but there is something very special
about Old Master paintings. These are the works of art that have really stood
the test of time - works that, in some cases many hundreds of years after they
were painted, are still regarded as masterpieces.
As well as demonstrating the immense skill of the artists
and painters of years gone by, Old Masters capture the history of their time and
convey it to us in a unique and absorbing way.
In a world that existed before the invention of photography,
these paintings were the precious medium used to visually communicate important
images of the people, ideas and events of the time.
Henry VIII of England famously sent Hans Holbein (The Younger) to Europe to paint
a potential bride, Anne of Cleves. When he saw the resulting painting he immediately
decided to marry her - just one example of how art changed the course of history
Today our Old Masters represent an historic catalogue of some
of the most compelling images ever produced - now available for everyone to enjoy