York Art Gallery

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Treasures from the Stores showcases artworks that haven’t been on display before, or for a long time, including Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Monroe’, alongside some of the most loved jewels of the collection.  

York Art Gallery’s collection was established in 1882 and through gifts, bequests and purchases has now grown to include over 1,000 paintings, 100 sculptures, 14,000 works on paper, and 6,000 ceramics which form the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA). The gallery can only display a relatively small selection of works at a time, with the majority of the collection being stored in the ‘Friends of York Art Gallery Fine Art Store’.  

This innovative exhibition highlights a selection of iconic paintings, considered by some to be the gems of York’s collection, such as the sixteenth century ‘Portrait of a Man with a Book’ by Parmigianino; works that have not been on display for many years such as Thomas Barker’s eighteenth century ‘Crazy Kate’, as well as new acquisitions including the portrait of ‘Una Marson’ by internationally celebrated artist Sahara Longe. There are also treasures which can be discovered anew following research or restoration, and some, like ‘Unknown Lady as Saint Elizabeth’ which remain a mystery.