National Treasures: Velázquez in Liverpool

National Treasures: Velázquez in Liverpool‘ sees ‘The Rokeby Venus’ form the centrepiece of a new display. The work is Diego Velázquez’s only surviving female nude and one of his most celebrated pieces. It will be shown in Walker Art Gallery alongside collections from National Museums Liverpool, both ancient and contemporary, exploring this iconic 17th century painting in an unexpected new way.

The display will challenge traditional readings of the painting by setting it alongside unexpected artworks by women and non-binary artists from our collection. These include Ethel Walker’s ‘The Spanish Gesture’, photographs by René Matic and Zanele Muholi, and Harriet Hosmer’s ‘Puck’.

The work is being loaned as part of the National Treasures programme celebrating the 200th birthday of the National Gallery in London. The programme will see twelve institutions across the UK loaned a different work from the National Gallery. For the duration of the displays, 35 million people – more than half the UK population – will be within an hour’s journey of a National Gallery masterpiece.


Caption: Diego Velázquez, 1599-1660, The Toilet of Venus (‘The Rokeby Venus’), 1647-51. Presented by the Art Fund, 1906 © The National Gallery, London


Further information:
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
  • Entry is free; there is a charge for some exhibitions
  • Location  Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EL
  • How to get there By train: Liverpool Lime Street – Wirral and national services, Moorfields station – Northern line services (Southport – Hunts Cross), Liverpool Central – Wirral and Northern line services; By car: the Walker is in the city centre, close to the entrance to the Queensway Tunnel and Lime Street Station – follow the directions to Liverpool Lime St station where there is a car park just opposite the Walker Art Gallery in William Brown Street; By bus: nearest bus stations are Queens Square bus station and Liverpool One bus station
  • Further information 0151 478 4199