6 Oct 2016
The amazing story of our 'Haddo Madonna' was revealed to the public this week, and you can come and see her in person all this weekend!
You may possibly have noticed that Haddo's been in the news just a little bit recently...
A short while ago we had a visit from the makers of Britain's Lost Masterpieces, a new series on BBC Four looking at a selection of paintings from houses and museums across the country which they thought might have a story to tell. They chose to look at two pictures from Haddo House (as well as another from the Montrose Museum in Angus).
One was a lovely landscape by Claude Lorrain. The second was a portrait, purchased by the 4th Earl, once thought to be by Raphael but then written off as a cheap copy and left hanging in an out of the way spot over a doorway...
You can see the whole story of what happened next by watching on the show on BBC iPlayer here
If you want to come and see this lovely painting and decide if you think it might be worth £20 million then you can visit it in the house between 11am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday for the next three weekends. Entry is £5 per person with a discount for NTS Members.
If you're coming to see the Madonna over the next few days then don't miss out on some stunning contemporary art on display in the Peatyards. Paul Ritchie has curated an amazing exhibition for the Haddo Arts Festival with a mix of painting and sculpture, realistic and abstract art. All the art is for sale and there's also a silent auction for one of Paul's printers proofs of his Dunottar Castle etching.
Perhaps not in the same league as our art when it comes to value but still absolutely worth a visit is the Winners Exhibition for this year's Haddo Photography Competition. We opened the exhibition last Saturday with our awards ceremony- prizes presented by Mark Andrew from Haddo Estate and Pete Walker from Meldrum House Hotel who also sponsored the competition. The winners in each category also got a bespoke trophy made by Kath Hamper and provided by Calum Davidson
We had some really high quality entries and our judges picked some very deserving winners. The exhibition is open every day from 10am-4pm until Sunday.
If you're wondering how to fill some time during the next two weeks then we've got heaps to do at Haddo with something suitable for pretty much every age. Numbers are limited on some of these and you do might need to book in advance.
Sunday Playtime- Sunday Oct 9th 10.30am-12.30
Search For A Squirrel- Thurs 13th Oct 10am-midday
Fungi Foray- Sat 15th Oct 10.30am
Wild Art In The Park- Wed 19th Oct 2pm-4pm
Photography Workshops- Sat 22nd & Sun 23rd Oct
Finishing up with -
Halloween Magic on Fri 21st & Sun 23rd Oct.
Full details and booking are available by clicking on 'Events' at the top of the page.