York Art Gallery

The Lycett Green Collection

The gift of 136 Old Master paintings from the philanthropist F.D. Lycett Green in 1955 marked a turning point in York Art Gallery’s history. York’s fine art collection was suddenly transformed from one of Victorian landscapes and local topography to one that represented all the major Schools of European art history, stretching from the Renaissance to the 19th century.

Representing Status considers how artists have approached ideas about hierarchy. From grand portraits of power and authority to commonplace tavern scenes; from lavish still-life banquets to lowly agricultural landscapes; this display considers the means by which artists working from the 16th century to the present day have explored themes of status.

Please note this exhibition has now closed.