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The Ca’ Capello Layard and its art collection: a forgotten Anglo-Venetian treasure house of the late nineteenth-century
The Ca’ Capello Layard and its art collection: a forgotten Anglo-Venetian treasure house of the late nineteenth-century
Plenipotentiary first in Spain (1869-1877), and then
in Constantinople (1877-1880). His extensive travels
also enabled him to accrue a wide – though selective –
collection, including a few hundreds of pieces, among
them antiquities, sculptures, manuscripts, carpets, glass,
metalwork, prints, and of course paintings.
Fig. 2 / Giovanni Battista Brusa,
Bartolomeo Suardi (called
Bramantino), The Adoration of
the Kings, albumen, paper, 25.5
x 22 cm, Bologna, Fondazione
Federico Zeri (inv. 58277).
Fig. 3 / Ed. Alinari, Carpaccio,
The Departure of Ceyx,
positive, 20 x 25 cm, Venice,
Fondazione Giorgio Cini,
Fototeca dell’Istituto di
Storia dell’Arte, Fondo
Pallucchini (inv. 13589).
After having begun with antiquities, Layard gradually
turned to collecting pictures during the 1850s.
Reflecting, perhaps, his archaeological background,
Henry seems to have been drawn to early Italian
masters.4 His first purchase of “fine art” consisted
of three portions of a detached fresco by Spinello
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Aretino – representing the Fall of the Rebel Angels and
two decorative borders – acquired in 1855, subsequent
to the dismantling of the chapel of the Compagnia di
Sant’Angelo in the Church of San Michele, Arezzo
(London, National Gallery, NG1216.1-3).5 Following
this initial purchase, his most active period of
collecting occurred between 1859 and 1866, though
he continued to buy the occasional piece until 1892.
Layard succeeded in purchasing masterpieces that had
once belonged to celebrated Venetian and Ferrarese
collections, such as The Adoration of the Kings by
Bramantino (NG3073, fig. 2), the Departure of Ceyx by
Vittore Carpaccio (NG3085, fig. 3), an Allegorical figure

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