Creative workshop to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Dulwich Picture Gallery


To celebrate the 200 year anniversary of Dulwich Picture Gallery opening its doors to the public, Whitgift House welcomed the gallery to the Home for a celebratory workshop on Thursday 8 June.

Residents who attended the workshop created a commemorative bookmark to keep taking inspiration from the amazing carved and gilded wooden frame which borders the Venus and Adonis painting in the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s permanent collection.

Titian’s Venus and Adonis painting, created in the 16th century, is Titian’s interpretation of the last meeting of the goddess Venus and her mortal love.

After the story of the painting was told, residents’ attention was drawn to the ornate gold frame which has been painstakingly restored over two years and is full of intricate details and symbols which relate to the painting.

Using a strip of leather and card, residents applied gold leaf to each, using scrunched tissue paper to produce an antique effect similar to the gold frame around the Venus and Adonis painting.

Dulwich Picture Gallery workshop leader and artist, Sarah, commented on her visit: _*“I have visited Whitgift House three times now, it is a truly welcoming place. The residents have a wonderful space to gather and it is ideal for running workshops.

“The atmosphere is one of enthusiasm, appreciation and warmth. I always enjoy visiting!”*_

Whitgift House resident, Pat, said: “Working with gold leaf reminds me of when I designed and made my clergy-wear for the Church. Such a beautiful and satisfying material to use.”

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