Southampton City Art Gallery

Southampton City Art Gallery's permanent collection has more than 3,800 works of art that spans eight centuries.  Among the highlights of the collection are the Perseus series (1876-88) by Burne-Jones.  Based on a number of Greek myths, it is a heroic tale of knight-errantry and the triumph of good over evil. In November 2013, the Trustees of the Foundation awarded a one-off grant to Southampton City Art Gallery to re-glaze these large, full-sized studies by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones with low-reflective glazing (Optium).  The re-glazing will greatly enhance the aesthetic experience for gallery visitors and also means the works can be successfully toured to other galleries. UPDATE The re-glazing is now complete and the Burne-Jones Perseus series is on permanent display in a wooden-panelled room which originates from Barings Bank - see images above, (photography by Joe Low courtesy of Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton City Council, UK). PRESS RELEASE