Burghley House | Artemisia Gentileschi Virtual Reality Experience
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23 - 31 Jul - Aug 2022

Art & Exhibition

Artemisia Gentileschi Virtual Reality Experience

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary story of Artemisia through a virtual reality experience

This summer at Burghley House, step back in time to 17th Century Italy and experience the fascinating story of internationally celebrated artist Artemisia Gentileschi. See an unprecedented collection of Artemisia’s work gathered into a single virtual experience, where each viewer can admire the work in their own immersive world.

One special piece which features in the experience is Burghley House’s very own Artemisia Gentileschi painting 'Susannah and the Elders'. Purchased by the ninth Earl of Exeter whilst in Rome, the 400-year-old painting is Artemisia’s earliest-known work and one of the jewels in the crown of the Burghley Art Collection.

Narrated by musician and author, Cerys Matthews, 'The Light in the Shadow' is experienced through virtual reality headsets and explores the fascinating story of one of today’s most celebrated Baroque artists. The 14-minute experience follows Artemisia’s journey as she navigates a world where women have virtually no rights to become one of Europe’s most accomplished and in-demand painters of her time who continues to capture imaginations today.

Read more about the inspiration behind the VR experience in the Creators' Statement.


DATES | Saturday 23rd July to Wednesday 31st August (excluding Fridays)

TIMES | Open from 10:30AM to 3PM

TICKETS | £10 per ticket (recommended age 12+). Please note, admission to the VR Experience is not included with a House & Gardens annual ticket. The House will be open as normal including the display of Artemisia's masterpiece 'Susannah and the Elders'

LOCATION | The Brewhouse, Burghley House

ACCESSIBILITY | The exhibition is fully accessible via wheelchair

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