The Glyn Philpot ‘The Angel of the Annunciation’ on display at Palazzo Strozzi

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The Glyn Philpot painting ‘The Angel of the Annunciation’ (attached), from the visual art collection at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, has been lent to a prestigious exhibition which will be visited by Pope Francis.  The exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagall and Fontana, will explore the relationship between art and religion mid 19th–mid 20th century.  Part-funded by the Vatican, it will be visited by Pope Francis in November and will run until January 2016.


About Glyn Philpot

Glyn Philpot was born in Clapham London, but the family moved to Herne in Kent shortly afterwards. Although homosexual, Philpot was a practising Christian who converted to Roman Catholicism.Philpot studied at the Lambeth School of Art (now known as City and Guilds of London Art School) in 1900, and at the Academie Julian in Paris. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1904 and was elected to that establishment in 1923. He was a member of the International Society from 1913 and in that year he was awarded the gold medal at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh. Some of his later work was considered controversial in its time because of the explicit sexual imagery, and this led to a loss of popularity which caused him financial hardship.