Paula Rego: Crivelli’s Garden

Westminster Quaker Meeting House and National Gallery

Coffee · Lecture · Lunch · Exhibition

20th September 2023

Paula Rego was artist in residence at the National Gallery from 1990 – 1992. During that time, she painted a mural for the then new Sainsbury Wing Dining Room, inspired by an altarpiece by the 15th-century Italian artist Carlo Crivelli, ‘La Madonna della Rondine (The Madonna of the Swallow)’. This exhibition unites the two monumental artworks in the Gallery for the first time, along with many of Rego’s preparatory sketches. Rego’s mural, ‘Crivelli’s Garden’ depicts women from biblical history, folklore and stories from the Golden Legend that are depicted elsewhere in the Gallery’s collection. However, the figures in Rego’s mural also take inspiration from people she knew, including friends, family and staff at the National Gallery during the time of her residency. The figures are simultaneously universal and individual, timeless and tied to a single moment in time, from lands far away and from within these walls. The result is a profoundly human scene of figures in Crivelli’s re-imagined garden.

The lecture by Dr Frankie Dytor will prepare you for the exhibition so that you can make the most of your time in the gallery and gain the greatest insight into the works. Please join us for lunch afterwards at a restaurant nearby.

Order of Events

10.45 Coffee at the Westminster Quaker Meeting House

11.00 Lecture for Artemisia Members at the Westminster Quaker Meeting House by Dr Frankie Dytor

12.30 Lunch at Fumo, Covent Garden

14.00 Exhibition at National Gallery – Paula Rego: Crivelli’s Garden


Coffee                                                                    Complimentary

Lecture                                                                  £28.88

Lunch (2 courses, wine and coffee)                      £45.07


Please book a free Gallery entry ticket to gain admission to the National Gallery. We encourage you to book ahead of your visit.

If you would like further information please email me on [email protected] or call 01379 871800.