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The Power And The Virtue: Guido Reni's Death of Lucretia


26 October – 20 January 2020

We’re privileged to be holding the first UK exhibition outside London, dedicated to the Italian Baroque master Guido Reni.

It will showcase his sublime mastery of female beauty and feature works from prestigious public and private collections, including The National Gallery and The Royal Collection, as well as unveil new research into works in the Museum’s own collection.

You can experience the aesthetic quality of Reni’s work up close, as you view his devotional and legendary heroines, from Mary Magdalene to Cleopatra; with the Death of Lucretia, The Bowes Museum’s own painting ‘in conversation’ throughout.

The Museum has collaborated with  The Northern School of Art to create garments inspired by the exhibition.

Us Too


In addition to The Power and The Virtue exhibition, arts and education training company Changing Relations CIC have produced a thought-provoking 30-minute soundscape – Us Too. Us Too aims to demystify who is affected by Domestic Abuse through transcript interviews blended with classical, experimental and electronic music and has been created by local artist Rupert Philbrick, Doctoral Researcher Ros Walling-Wefelmeyer and The Cobweb Orchestra. 

Artwork created by local artist Lizzie Lovejoy in response to the interviews and music will be showcased in a book alongside the soundscape. Through the soundscape and visual artwork Changing Relations hopes to aid self/peer identification and make victim support more likely.

The soundscape is of particular relevance to our exhibition due to Guido Reni’s “The Death of Lucretia” painting which exposes one of the most significant occurrences of violence against women. We are immensely proud of the fact that we are able to showcase local artwork alongside prestigious public and private collections, including The National Gallery and The Royal Collection.

blimey! Lucretia


blimey! Lucretia responds to the centrepiece of this exhibition. A series of communal gatherings will explore ideas about the painting, with guests invited to make new work with the blimey! collective. These works will become part of an exhibition in 2020 at the Museum alongside the creation of an artist zine, project film, artist talks and a symposium event.

blimey! is a female led Darlington based artist collective who work across a diverse range of creative practices. Artists include Carol Sommer, Amanda Marshall, Nicola Golightly and Vicky Holbrough

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The Bowes Museum is looking forward to welcoming you on the 17 May


Staff have been busy behind the Museum’s closed doors getting everything ready to welcome visitors back safely.

Café Bowes has undergone a refurbishment and has a new menu waiting to be sampled, the Museum has been deep cleaned, new signage is in place reminding you to adhere to social distancing, hand sanitisation stations have been refilled, the shop has been restocked and staff are being trained ready to greet you back in a safe and timely manner.

North Country Quilts: In Celebration of New Acquisitions is now hanging in the main exhibition gallery ready to wow visitors through to January 2022 and, due to social distancing measures, entry to the display will be by a separate timed exhibition entrance ticket that needs to be booked, at no extra cost, before visiting. Song has also been reinstated in the Music Room so people can enjoy the sound of the instruments. A varied programme of activity is being planned throughout May and June which we hope you will participate in.

Entry to the Museum will be by timed slots and tickets will have to be pre-booked online here or by calling 01833 690606. The Museum will be open from 10.00 to 5.00 daily. Masks will need to be worn throughout the Museum, shop and café, except when eating or where exemptions apply.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon!