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Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Discover Tatton Park Mansion’s lost masterpiece


The Mansion re-opens its doors to visitors on Saturday 22nd May for the first time in eight months. And, other than the Royal Collection, it’s the only place in the country where you can see a rare Salviati portrait on display.

Back in February, a team of art experts for BBC’s Britain’s Lost Masterpieces identified one of Tatton Park’s paintings as a unique work by distinguished renaissance artist, Francesco Salviati. Up until then, the portrait was considered simply as ‘A Physician’ by an unattributed artist. Thanks to the latest easing of lockdown guidelines, you can now book tickets to visit the Mansion and see this 500-year-old masterpiece for yourself.

“We can’t wait to welcome people back into the Mansion after eight months of closure!” says Vicky Rowbotham, Mansion and Collections Manager. “And we’re delighted to finally share our lost masterpiece with visitors. The fact that we now know the Mansion is the only museum in Britain where you can see a Salviati portrait on display makes re-opening doubly exciting.”

Your Mansion visit starts with an opportunity to get up close and personal to this special painting. Vicky explains “We’re displaying the Salviati portrait at eye level, so visitors can see the restoration work for themselves, and admire the intricate details revealed during the Britain’s Lost Masterpieces programme. We’re asking people to book in advance at tattonpark.org.uk and once they’re here, follow a safe one-way route around the impressive State Rooms and fascinating Servants Quarters.”

If you missed the episode tracking Tatton Park’s ‘whodunnit’ of the art world, you can watch it on BBC’s iPlayer, or learn more about the restoration story behind this important find at www.simongillespie.com/salviati

Here’s how you can book tickets and stay in touch with happenings at Tatton Park:

v www.tattonpark.org.uk – for opening times, tickets and updated events listing

v e-news – sign up on our website and receive email updates from Tatton Park

v Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – find us @TattonPark

v Candide Gardening App - download onto your phone to enhance your visit to our Gardens

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