This month, our Project Curator Georgina has selected her favourite painting in the collection.
“Sizergh is known for its impressive portraits of the Strickland family, but this easily forgotten work is the oldest painting we have at Sizergh, and for me, the most beautiful. An oil on board, painted in 1574, it sits in a relatively humble frame. Depicting the darkness that fell at midday, the foreboding skies, the darkened sun and the crescent moon, this composition is packed full of symbolism and allegory. It hangs in the Boyton Bedroom, and is a wonderfully preserved reminder of the Catholic faith carried with the family through eight centuries of history.