Priceless Tintern Abbey and Llanthony Priory art on show

Monday 07 April 2014

The cultural significance of these sites will be celebrated by two ground-breaking exhibitions at Chepstow and Abergavenny Museums this summer.

  • Picture of Tintern Abbey by Thomas Girtin c.1794

    Picture of Tintern Abbey by Thomas Girtin c.1794

  • Picture of Tintern Abbey by Samuel Palmer c.1835 ©Amgueddfa Fitzwilliam - Cambridge

    Picture of Tintern Abbey by Samuel Palmer c.1835 ©Fitzwilliam Museum - Cambridge

  • Picture of Tintern Abbey by JMW Turner c.1794 ©British Museum

    Picture of Tintern Abbey by JMW Turner c.1794 ©British Museum

  • Picture of Tintern Abbey by JMW Turner ©Asmolean Museum - University of Oxford

    Picture of Tintern Abbey by JMW Turner ©Asmolean Museum - University of Oxford

  • Picture of Tintern Abbey

    Tintern Abbey

  • Picture of Llanthony Priory

    Llanthony Priory

World famous watercolours, sketches, artefacts and manuscripts depicting the sites will be on display for the first time at Abergavenny and Chepstow museums.

Tintern Abbey and Llanthony Priory have inspired some of the most famous artists, and writers throughout history. These exhibitions include works by JMW Turner, William Wordsworth, Samuel Palmer, Thomas Gainsborough, John Sell Cotman, John Piper, Eric Ravilious, David Jones and many others.

There will be two free exhibitions running from Saturday May 24th until Sunday September 28th 2014. Chepstow's Museum's art gallery will display art, manuscripts and archaeology inspired by Tintern Abbey and Abergavenny Museum will show work depicting Llanthony Priory.

Anne Rainsbury, curator at Chepstow Museum said; "These spectacular historic sites on our doorsteps have inspired famous artists, writers and poets throughout the years. Its the first time such comprehensive collections of artworks and artefacts have been brought back here, to the places where they were created."

Karin Molson, curator at Abergavenny Museum, said; "This summer's exhibitions at Chepstow and Abergavenny Museums are a once in a lifetime opportunity to see world class art and archaeology close to their sites of inspiration. We extend a warm welcome to everyone to come and find out how artists throughout the years have interpreted the beautiful landscape we live in."

These exhibitions have been funded by a Sharing Treasures grant from the Welsh Governmeny and the Heritage Lottery Fund, which enables Chepstow and Abergavenny Museums to loan objects from galleries across Britain.

A number of promotional activities will also be held at the sites themselves. For more information, visit the Monmouthshire Museums website.