Stanley Spencer, Heaven in a Hell of War

Sir Stanley Spencer (1891″1959) is one of the most important English painters of the 20th century. Best”known for his paintings which elevate ordinary village life to epic, sometimes Biblical grandeur, his most famous large”scale work is the cycle of murals at Sandham Memorial Chapel in the village of Burghclere, Hampshire, based on his experiences during the First World War, which has drawn such praise as ‘Britain's answer to the Sistine Chapel'.

 

The temporary relocation of the paintings to Pallant House Gallery while the chapel undergoes major conservation work, offers a unique opportunity to see the murals at eye level in a gallery setting for the first time. Timed to mark the centenary of the First World War, the exhibition features the complete cycle of predella and lunette paintings along with related studies and drawings.

 

Exhibition dates: 15 February – 15 June 2014

For information about cost and open times visit The Pallant House Gallery website here

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