Materials and Masters
For thousands of years artists and craftspeople have taken inspiration from the world around them, creatively transforming raw materials into useful objects and decorative beauty. Many have an intrinsic beauty and naturally take on a wide variety of different forms.
Materials and Masters examines these raw materials in detail, from rocks in the earth to the life on its surface; exploring the journey at the hands of the artists who transform those materials into art.
In contrast to cabinets arranged by time period, Materials and Masters is categorised by Vegetable, Glass, Stone, Animal, Metal and Earth, asserting emphasis on the materials which form the unique assortment of artefacts on display.
Adorning the walls is a stunning collection of 16th Century Dutch oil paintings and copies of Old Masters which were given to The Beaney by Gerard Frederick de Zoete. They were from a much larger collection of European art made by his father, Samuel Herman de Zoete.