The National Trust for Scotland’s Haddo House is opening over the next few weekends especially for art fans keen to meet the Madonna which is ‘probably’ by Raphael.
The story of the painting featured in last night’s (Wednesday, October 5) episode on BBC4’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces.
Visitors will be welcomed to the dining room at the stunning Georgian house over the next few weekends (Saturday, October 8, 15 and 22 and Sunday, October 9, 16 and 23) to see the piece in its place amongst Haddo’s fine art collection. Other highlights of the collection include family portraits by Guizot, Paul Delaroche and Batoni.
The Virgin Mary was purchased by the 4th Earl of Aberdeen in the 19th century as a genuine Raphael, but it was later attributed to Innocenzo da Imola. After careful cleaning and conservation work, experts now think that the painting is ‘probably’ by Raphael, one of the Italian Renaissance’s superstars.
Staff and volunteers at the Aberdeenshire house are excited to share the painting with the public, attracting new visitors to Haddo House and showcasing the National Trust for Scotland’s part in conserving and promoting Scotland’s heritage.
Jennifer Melville, head of collections, archives and libraries at the National Trust for Scotland said: “It is rare for visitors to see works of this quality outwith a gallery, so it is a real treat to come to Haddo House and enjoy them in this wonderful setting.”
Haddo House is open on Saturday, October 8, and Sunday, October 9, from 11am until 4pm. Entry costs £5 and free for members of the National Trust for Scotland (£3.50 suggested donation) – for more information visit www.nts.org.uk