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Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia

14th Sep 2013 - 24th Feb 2014

On 14 September 2013, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia launched its newly refurbished galleries with a major exhibition displaying the best art of Norfolk and Suffolk throughout history.

Storm on Yarmouth Beach

Storm on Yarmouth Beach

John Sell Cotman

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Norwich Red/Madder Red shawl

Norwich Red/Madder Red shawl

Clabburn Sons & Crisp of Norwich

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Queen Alexandra\'s Dormouse

Queen Alexandra's Dormouse

Carl Fabergé

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Head of the Emperor Claudius or Nero

Head of the Emperor Claudius or Nero

1st Century, Romano British

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Lotus Type 72

Lotus Type 72

Designed by Colin Chapman, Maurice Philippe and Tony Rudd

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The Berger Crucifixion

The Berger Crucifixion

Early 15th century English School

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Gimcrack, with John Pratt up, on Newmarket Heath

Gimcrack, with John Pratt up, on Newmarket Heath

George Stubbs

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King John Cup

King John Cup

c. 1325

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"Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia" celebrates the rich and distinctive artistic heritage and culture of East Anglia, from antiquity through to the present day. One of the most ambitious exhibitions ever staged in the region, "Masterpieces" will present over 270 objects that the region has inspired, produced and collected, as well as treasures that have long been associated with the area. The exhibition is comprised of loans from over 60 major public and private collections, including the Royal Collection, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery and Norfolk Museum and Archaeology Service.

"Masterpieces" brings together an extraordinarily diverse selection of material from across the visual arts: from paintings, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, glass, and jewellery, to photography, graphic design, fashion and costume, product and textile design – from the prehistoric period to the present day. The juxtapositions promise to be sensational: a flint hand axe worked at least 700,000 years ago will sit alongside an ironstone pebble from the same Norfolk beach carved into a reclining figure by Henry Moore in 1930.

There will also be a diverse events programme including talks, symposia, film screenings and family activity days.

Introducing Masterpieces video with Paul Greenhalgh.