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Our Art Tours give pupils the chance to explore in depth the great masterpieces of Harewood. From landscape to portraiture, and our celebrated collection of Renaissance paintings, these tours explore an extensive range of art historical themes.
Harewood’s rich and diverse collection of landscapes, spanning five centuries, provides a fascinating overview of the evolution of this significant genre of painting. From Turner and Girtin pushing the boundaries of contemporary landscape painting, to Sidney Nolan and his dramatic landscape scenes, Harewood’s collection tracks the movement of landscape across the centuries.
Harewood House is home to some of the best 18th and 19th century British portraiture in the country, with each generation of the Lascelles family commissioning portraits by the finest artists of their time. The collection includes works by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Hoppner, Lawrence and more. Learn about the development of portraiture across the centuries, from the great full length works of Joshua Reynolds, to the more intimate family portraits of the twenty-first century, and discover just how significant these artists were in the field of portraiture.
Since its creation, Harewood has been a place of great patronage of the arts, from the great designers commissioned when the House was first built, to the 7th Earl and Countess collecting great British artists of the 20th century. In 1989, the 8th Countess of Harewood opened the Terrace Gallery, the first contemporary art space in an English country House, supporting and promoting hundreds of luminaries of the contemporary art world, from Antony Gormley and Mark Quinn to Sonia Boyce and Jason Brooks. Learn more about Harewood’s fascinating history supporting contemporary arts across the centuries.
Harewood House is home to one of England’s greatest collection of Renaissance paintings, with works by Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, Cima and Bellini, to name just a few. Discover the fascinating story of how these artworks came to Harewood, and explore the history and iconography of some of Harewood’s most celebrated Renaissance pieces.