Galleries at Ferens
Our galleries display some of the finest works from the permanent collection, spanning the medieval period to the present day. The galleries also host an exciting, changing exhibition programme.
The Centre Court displays some of the highlights from the Ferens collection, including Bik van der Pol’s Untitled (Gold), which came to the Ferens in 2015 and Peter Howson's, Mr Great Heart (1996), famously used as an album cover by the band, The Beautiful South, in 1998.
Gallery 1 – Renaissance
This gallery showcases Lorenzetti’s 14th Century masterpiece, Christ between Saint Paul and Saint Peter, the only fully autographed work in a UK collection. The work is the oldest in the Ferens’ collection, dating from around 1320. Further works demonstrate the dominance of religious subject matter in Europe during this period.
Gallery 2 – The Netherlands
Frans Hals’ Portrait of a Young Woman (1660s) is one of the star paintings in this gallery. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Netherlands flourished as one of the major European artistic centres. The sheer variety of subject matter – from still life, landscape, portraiture, to historical and religious subjects – is represented here.
Gallery 3 – Eighteenth Century Europe
This gallery focuses on France and Italy as the main artistic centres in eighteenth-century Europe. Works such as Francesco Guardi’s impressive history painting, Sophronia asking the Saracen King Aladine to Release the Christian Prisoners (c. 1745) and Antonia Maragliano’s exquisite wooden sculptures, Hercules and Meleager, reveal the impact of renewed fascination with classical antiquity.
Galleries 4, 7 and 8 – Temporary Exhibition Galleries
Gallery 5 – Victorian and Edwardian Art
Some of the finest Victorian artists are represented in these galleries, including two works by Lord Frederick Leighton: Farewell (1893) and Electra at the Tomb of Agamemnon (c.1869). Other highlights include John Atkinson Grimshaw’s, Princes Dock, Hull and George Clausen’s, Sunrise in September (1924).
Gallery 6 – Early Twentieth-Century British Art
This gallery contains the work of British artists, many of whom were inspired by the early French Impressionists. Works such as Philip Wilson Steer’s Boulogne Sands, Children Shrimping (1891) and Walter Sickert’s Hotel Royal, Dieppe (1899) capture shifts in light and weather for which they became known. The Scottish Colourists, who worked with bolder colours, are also represented here.
Gallery 9 – Modern and Contemporary Portraits
The quality and diversity of the Ferens’ portrait collection of the last 100 years is on display in this gallery, beginning with Wyndham Lewis’s iconic self-portrait, Mr Wyndham Lewis as Tyro (1920/21). During 2017, five of Francis Bacon’s notorious ‘Screaming Popes’ will be on loan to Ferens, including his masterpiece, Head VI (1949) from the Arts Council Collection.
Gallery 10 – Children’s Gallery ‘Explore Art’
The innovative Children's Gallery ‘Explore Art’ uses interactive exhibits to encourage children to explore line, shape, texture and colour in art.
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Gallery 11 – T. R. Ferens: Hull’s Philanthropist The works in this gallery reflect the continuing legacy of T.R. Ferens and his supporters. Bequests such as those from Lord Duveen of Millbank and Muriel Ward are some of the highlights of the collection and include Antonio Canaletto’s The Grand Canal, Venice (c. 1724), an early work by the famous Venetian painter and a rare example in a regional gallery.
Gallery 12 – Maritime Highlights
This gallery contains the Ferens’ important and unique collection of maritime painting, including works by John Ward and William Frederick Settle, both of whom depicted Hull. The gallery also includes Herbert Draper’s impressive canvas, Ulysses and the Sirens (1909) which is now requested on loan by museums and galleries around the world.