Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London

8 September – 15 November 2020

Art Gallery, Level 2, FREE

The National Gallery, London is touring Bernardo Bellotto’s The Fortress of Königstein from the North, one of the most original and impressive examples of 18th-century landscape painting.

Bellotto’s masterpiece will be displayed alongside five other European Old Master paintings from the National Gallery’s collection featuring castles (both real and imagined).

The display will be enhanced by watercolours, drawings, prints and oils featuring castles in Sunderland Museum’s own collection including L S Lowry’s drawing, Bamburgh Castle and other North East castles such as  Brancepeth, Warkworth, Lambton, Barnard, Durham and Prudhoe castles.

 Take a virtual tour of the exhibition: 

Film credit: Produced by Art Matters Now

To celebrate Castles: Paintings from the National Gallery, London coming to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, the exhibition is accompanied by a free learning and participation programme featuring talks, blogs, virtual tours, competitions, and a huge variety of fun family activities:


Visit our ‘What’s On’ homepage for more information.


The Castles Tour is part of the National Gallery’s commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of Old Master paintings to as wide an audience as possible and has been made possible by the generous support of the Art Fund.

Image: Detail from Bernardo Bellotto, The Fortress of Königstein from the North, about 1756-8 ©The National Gallery, Lond

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