The Virgin in Prayer, c. 1500

Attributed to a follower of Quinten Massys

Flemish, c. 1465-1530

Oil on panel

Collection of the Government of Bermuda, the Hon. Hereward T. Watlington Bequest

16 x 12 inches

This painting has been attributed to a follower of Quinten Massys (Flemish, c. 1465-1530), the father of the “Antwerp School” of painters. Like his contemporary, the German master painter Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), Massys’ work combined Northern techniques and traditions with the new ideas of the Italian Renaissance. Here, the Virgin has been painted in chiaroscuro […]

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Members of the 4-C Club listening to instructor, Upper Volta, 1972

Richard Saunders

Silver print

As International Editor for Topic (1967-1986), a magazine published by the United States Information Agency (USIA), Richard Saunders spent 20 years visiting countries across the length and breadth of Africa, moving seamlessly between photographing heads of state and documenting rural life. Here, he captures young girls in the 4-C Club, which taught agricultural techniques to […]

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St Michael Slaying the Dragon, c. 1500 

Bartolomeo di Giovanni

Italian, c. 1475-1505

Tempera on wood panel

Collection of the Government of Bermuda, the Hon. Hereward T. Watlington Bequest

8.5 x 5.5 inches

Bartolomeo di Giovanni was pupil, then assistant, to Domenico Ghirlandaio (c. 1449-1494), one of the leading master painters of late Quattrocento Florence. Bartolomeo assimilated the principal traits of Ghirlandaio’s style as his own. Like his master, he produced gentle, somewhat prosaic, archaizing paintings and had an eye for naturalistic detail. Bartolomeo’s works also demonstrate the […]

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South American Project, c.1965

Richard Saunders

Silver print

Richard Saunders’ first assignment for the United States Information Agency (USIA) was in 1964, when the agency sent him to Latin America for six months to document the hemisphere-wide Alliance for Progress, an economic development programme sponsored by the US government. By photographing this group of people from above, the circular shapes of the hats […]

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Chastity, c. 1515 

Jacopo Palma il Vecchio (Jacopo Negretti)

Italian, c. 1480-1528

Oil on panel

Collection of the Government of Bermuda, the Hon. Hereward T. Watlington Bequest

36 x 30.5 inches

Palma Vecchio was active for his entire career in Venice, during a period now known as the “Golden Age” or “High Renaissance” of Venetian art. Palma was a pupil of Giovanni Bellini (c. 1430-1516), the founding father of the “Venetian School” of painting. He was strongly influenced by his contemporaries, most notably Giorgione (c. 1478-1510), […]

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Martha Bulengo, Tanzania, 1974

Richard Saunders

Silver print

Here, Saunders captures Martha Bulengo, Executive Director of the Community Development Trust Fund, an organisation dedicated to working with villages in Tanzania and assisting women in rural areas. By shooting on high contrast black and white 35mm film, Saunders elevates this photograph from a straightforward portrait to a striking graphic image, the intensity of the […]

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Saint Sebastian, c. 1530 

Attributed to a follower of Giovanni Antonio Bazzi (“il Sodoma”)

Italian, 1477-1549

Oil on canvas

Collection of the Government of Bermuda, the Hon. Hereward T. Watlington Bequest

18.25 x 13.75 inches

This painting of St Sebastian is by an unknown follower of Giovanni Antonio Bazzi (Italian, 1477-1549), who was one of the best-known painters in Siena, Italy of the early 16th century. It was originally used as a church or processional banner.   According to legend, Sebastian was a Christian who entered the Imperial Roman army in […]

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Celebration of the Mass, Douala, Cameroon, 1971

Richard Saunders

Silver print

“In most cases I look for pattern and design,” Richard Saunders once said. Referring to Celebration of the Mass, Douala, Cameroon, 1971, which captures seven nuns dressed entirely in white sitting elegantly in a line, he says: “This picture has a rhythm to it, in the way the nuns are sitting, the positioning of their […]

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Italian Renaissance Chest, c. 1500 

Walnut

Collection of the Government of Bermuda, the Hon. Hereward T. Watlington Bequest

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Albert Schweitzer Hospital, Haiti, 1958

Richard Saunders

Silver print

In 1953, Richard Saunders was selected as one of 25 emerging photographers by Edward Steichen, then the Director of the Photography Department at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, to be included in the Always the Young Strangers exhibition at MoMA. Steichen, considered a pioneer in the realm, described the exhibition as presenting “samplings […]

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