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Rare portrait of Catherine de’ Medici comes home to Strawberry Hill House

A rare group portrait of Catherine de’ Medici with her children, which was first bought by Horace Walpole and hung in his London home in 1774, is retuning to Strawberry Hill house, 247 years later. This outstanding 1561 work by the Workshop of François Clouet, an incredibly successful portrait painter, will be on permanent display for everyone to enjoy in the gallery when Strawberry Hill House reopens on May 17th. This painting has only been publicly displayed 3 times in the last 126 years and carries huge significance as it is the only surviving contemporaneous portrait of the Queen, the most powerful woman in 16th century Europe.

Dr Silvia Davoli, Curator at Strawberry Hill House said: “The acquisition of this unique portrait of Catherine de’ Medici with her Children is important not just for its great intrinsic value and meaning, but also because it gives us, at Strawberry Hill House, the possibility to reconstruct one of the many historical narratives that were at the basis of Walpole’s collecting strategies. This portrait speaks to us of Walpole’s interest in the Italian and French Renaissance, its protagonists and great art.”

Tickets for Strawberry Hill House to see this incredible painting are available to book online. A standard adult ticket is just £12.50, and Under 16s and carers can visit for free. Full details on the Strawberry Hill House website. 
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