Five centuries of paintings go on display at the Burrell Collection for the first time

By Sarah Jackson | 21 March 2014

Until March 2016, visitors to the Burrell Collection in Glasgow will have the opportunity to view its best works from all periods of the fine art collection

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The Burrell Collection has always been renowned for its fine art collection, but it has somehow never managed to display the best of them - until now.

Bellini to Boudin: Five Centuries of Painting in the Burrell Collection showcases 40 of their most important works. For the first time visitors can experience a wide range of periods, styles and techniques by some of the most remarkable international artists from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries.

Particular highlights include Rembrandt’s Self-portrait 1632, Cezanne’s Chateau de Medan and a selection of works from Britain’s finest collection of Degas. Less familiar but no less impressive are works by Whistler and the studio of Frans Hals.

The exhibition is the last major display of Sir William Burrell's incredible collection of art before the Burrell closes for four years in 2016 while major refurbishments are carried out.

The exhibition also marks a sea-change for the gallery after a recent enactment of a bill by Royal Assent that will allow the collection, which has been compared to collections held by the V&A and the Metropolitan Museum of New York in terms of quality, to tour internationally for the very first time.

Bellini to Boudin: Five Centuries of Painting in the Burrell Collection is at the Burrell Collection, Glasgow until March 21 2015.

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