Room three

17th Century European art

This room shows paintings, sculpture and silverware dating from 1600 to the early 1700s from Britain, France, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands. They range from large church altarpieces, such as the example by the Spanish artist Murillo painted for an archbishop's private chapel, to a formal state portrait of a British king, Charles II and small decorative landscapes intended for private collections.

The Roman Catholic church dominated the patronage of the arts, both in southern and parts of northern Europe. Religious silverware from the southern Netherlands (present day Belgium) in the large central case is on loan to the Walker from Stoneyhurst College, Lancashire.

The seventeenth century saw the rise of landscape painting in southern and northern Europe. The Walker has a notable selection of landscapes, the most important of which is the 'Landscape of the Ashes of Phocion' by the French artist Poussin.

Room highlights include:

Room displays can change due to loans, conservation work and display renewal. If you intend to visit the Walker Art Gallery to see a particular artwork, please telephone 0151 478 4199 beforehand to check the artwork is on display.