Microcosm of the Known World
The Paston Treasure (c. 1663) is an enigmatic masterpiece. It was commissioned by either Sir William Paston, first Baronet (1610–63), or his son Robert Paston, first Earl of Yarmouth (1631–83), but the identity of the painter, a Dutch itinerant artist, remains unresolved. Adding to its mystique, the painting defies categorisation because it combines several art historical genres: still life, portraiture, animal painting, and allegory. Exploring the world of the Pastons, this display will include nearly 140 objects from more than 50 international institutional and lenders. On view will be five treasures that appear in the Paston Treasure painting alongside a host of other objects, many with Paston provenance, which tell the rich story of collecting within the family from the medieval period until the moment of the making of the painting. Find out more about the ‘Paston Treasure’ exhibition from Yale Center for British Art’s website.
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