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The Ca’ Capello Layard and its art collection: a forgotten Anglo-Venetian treasure house of the late nineteenth-century
Fig. 4 / Giovanni Battista
Brusa, Cosmé Tura, Musa,
1883-1886, albumen, paper,
26 x 19.3 cm, Bologna,
Fototeca Federico Zeri (inv.
67248).
Fig. 5 / Ed. Alinari, Cosmé Tura,
Allegorical Figure, albumen,
paper, 25 x 18.6 cm, Bologna,
Fototeca Federico Zeri (inv.
67249).
by Cosmè Tura (NG3070, figs. 4 & 5), but also works
by Lombard painters from Brescia and Bergamo, like
the Saint Jerome by Savoldo (NG3092, fig. 6), and the
two portraits by Giovanni Battista Moroni (NG3128-9,
figs. 7 & 8), which are among the many other paintings
now in the National Gallery in London from the
Layard Bequest.6 Layard was a dedicated trustee of
the National Gallery, which he served from 1866 to
1894, additionally acting as an expert adviser to the
British Museum and the South Kensington Museum
(later Victoria and Albert Museum), and subsequently
he became a pillar of the art world in London. His
donations to different institutions in Britain and Italy
demonstrated of his enlightened spirit of generosity.7
Complementing his contribution to the development of
the history of art, Layard penned articles and papers
on Italian Renaissance masters, writing for the Quarterly
Review, the Murray’s Magazine, and the Athenaeum, as
well as participating in the meetings of the Arundel
Society and the Fine Arts Club. Yet his commitment to
art extended to the reviving of the art of glassmaking
in Murano; in particular, he financed both the glass
school opened by abate Zanetti and Antonio Salviati’s
manufacture.8
The Ca’ Capello Layard and its art collection: a forgotten Anglo-Venetian treasure house of the late nineteenth-century
Fig. 6 / Giovanni Battista
Brusa, Giovanni Girolamo
Savoldo, Saint Jerome, 18831886, albumen, paper, 19.3 x
26 cm, Bologna, Fondazione
Federico Zeri (inv. 100026).
Fig. 7 / Giovanni Battista
Moroni, Portrait of a Man
with Raised Eyebrows,
between ca. 1570-1575, oil
on canvas, 45.7 x 37.8 cm,
London, National Gallery.
Fig. 8 / Giovanni Battista
Moroni, Bust Portrait of
a Young Man with an
Inscription, ca. 1560, oil
on canvas, 47.2 x 39.8 cm,
London, National Gallery.
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