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Renaissance Europe, and so much more, comes to the Holburne this summer


Alesso Baldovinetti, c1426-1499, Portrait of a Lady, c1465. Bought 1866 c The National Gallery, London

Button It! 

now until 7 January 2024

Open to All

£1 per person on the door

A drop-in day of simple ceramic button making inspired by Lucie Rie.  

Create a beautiful button and decorate with coloured slip. 

Buttons will be fired and ready for collection on 22 and 23 August (2-4.30pm) 


Painted Love: Renaissance Marriage Portraits

now – 1 October 2023

This lavish exhibition explores the role of portraiture in the process of marriage in Renaissance Europe. Marriage portraits not only documented the legal union of spouses, capturing that key moment in the sitters’ lives, intimate and personal as well as public and formal, but also celebrated the union of families, their wealth, power and land, and the forging of political alliances. 

Painted Love: Renaissance Marriage Portraits will explore the way marriage portraiture reflected the complex politics of fifteenth and sixteenth century Europe. In addition to paintings, the exhibition includes objects associated with the rituals of marriage: love tokens, rings, gifts, and commemorative tableware.

The exhibition includes prestigious loans from the National Gallery, the British Museum, the Royal Collection Trust, the Ashmolean and the V&A, alongside numerous works from important private collections.  


Bowl 1977  Estate of Lucie Rie

Lucie Rie: The Adventure of Pottery

now until 7 January 2024

This major exhibition celebrates Lucie Rie (1902–1995), one of the most accomplished and influential potters of the twentieth century. Featuring work produced across six decades, this display follows the evolution of Rie’s distinguished career, from some of her earliest ceramics made in her native Vienna to striking pieces from the last years of her life.

The Women of Bath 

Past, Present, Future 

29 September, 5-9pm

Join us for an evening of talks, interactive activities, and arts and crafts workshops to celebrate the women of Bath! Using the Holburne collection we will celebrate the women who lived in Bath, passed through our city, or left a mark on it from further afield. The evening will also give us the opportunity to think about plans for the future of our city, from an intersectional and feminist perspective.

Free admission to the Collection Galleries, reduced admission to temporary exhibitions. 


The Holburne Museum 

Holburne Museum | Bath | BA2 4DB

01225 388569

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