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The Countess of Nottinghamshire c.1620

Unseen Treasures of The Portland Collection, at the Harley Foundation, North Nottinghamshire, offers a new, revealing look at this world-class art collection.

The Portland Collection, built up over 400 years by a single aristocratic family, is vast
and varied. Exhibitions in its dedicated museum change every three years.

For this display, opening 25th March 2023, visitors will enter a museum filled to the brim with fascinating art and objects, a giant cabinet of curiosities. There will be silver and tapestry, paintings and jewels; art that has come home after a long loan to a prestigious national gallery, and stunning star items that visitors know and love – such as Michelangelo’s ‘Madonna of Silence’ or the pearl earring worn by Charles I
at his execution.

A highlight of the display is a Picture Gallery, stacked with Tudor and Jacobean portraits - many of which have never been seen publicly before.

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