Although closed due to the current crisis, you can now visit the De Morgan exhibition at Cannon Hall Museum virtually, in a groundbreaking 360º digital tour.
In a world exclusive, we will be giving an online livestream tour of the exhibition on Sunday 3 May at 7.30pm. You will be able to see the artworks and De Morgan expert, Sarah Hardy, discuss the artworks and answer your questions as we navigate the rooms, all from our own homes.
The exhibition is beautiful and this is the perfect way to visit, until you can once again come to Cannon Hall in Barnsley.
Shortly before Cannon Hall temporarily closed, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the galleries were transformed with mythological paintings and ceramics, a never before seen portrait, and Evelyn De Morgan’s masterpiece, Flora.
Evelyn De Morgan was a talented portraitist, but only close family and friends sat for her.
Evelyn painted her beloved ‘Uncle Roddy’, artist John Roddam Spencer Stanhope, who grew up at Cannon Hall and was closely associated with Edward Burne-Jones and G. F. Watts. This wonderful portrait shows the close relationship between uncle and niece artists and has been with the family since it was painted, never having been on public display before. It now, fittingly, hangs in Hall in which the family once lived.
Following their inclusion in the British Museum’s blockbuster exhibition ‘Troy: Myth and Reality’, Evelyn De Morgan’s paintings Helen of Troy and Cassandra join the display, showcasing the artist’s interest in presenting the female narrative in classic mythologic stories. William De Morgan’s brilliant ceramic sculpture of the god Pan is displayed close by.
In 1894, Evelyn painted Flora, a true masterpiece painted on gold leaf so that it literally shines in the gallery. Flora was the goddess of blossoming flowers and spring-time to the ancient Romans, who celebrated her in the Floralia festival, from 27 April to 3 May which climaxed with gladiatorial games.
To celebrate this new display, Cannon Hall and the De Morgan Foundation are holding an online Floralia, climaxing with a virtual live tour of the exhibition on Sunday 3 May at 7.30pm.