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Painting by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Juno seeking from Jupiter the gift of Io transformed

Genius of 17th-century lawless rogue revealed in first exhibition of its kind in Scotland

Release date: 
Wednesday, 12 November 2014

He was repeatedly in court for assault; allegedly attempted to throw his sister off a roof; destroyed his own work in front of powerful patrons; and was forced to flee Rome in mysterious circumstances. Lawless and impetuous, most of what is known of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–1664) is from court documents rather than fulfilled artistic commissions. But Castiglione was one of the most innovative and ground-breaking artists of the Italian Baroque. ... Read more about Genius of 17th-century lawless rogue revealed in first exhibition of its kind in Scotland

First photographs of a royal tour go on display

Release date: 
Thursday, 6 November 2014

In 1862, the 20-year-old Prince of Wales, eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (and the future
King Edward VII), embarked on a tour of the Middle East, accompanied by the photographer Francis Bedford. The resulting images, produced little more than 20 years after the arrival of photography, were the first-ever visual record of a royal tour. ... Read more about First photographs of a royal tour go on display