Last chance to see Haddo Madonna

National Trust for Scotland Head of Collections Conservation, Ylva Dahnsjo, examines the Madonna
National Trust for Scotland Head of Collections Conservation, Ylva Dahnsjo, examines the Madonna

Visitors have one last chance to see the ‘Haddo Madonna’ this weekend before the house closes for the season.

The painting at Haddo House recently featured in Britain’s Lost Masterpieces that was broadcast on BBC4.

Visitors will be welcomed to the dining room at the stunning Georgian house for one final weekend in 2016.

Haddo House holds a fine art collection including pieces by Guizot, Paul Delaroche and Batoni.

The Virgin Mary was purchased by the 4th Earl of Aberdeen in the 19th century as a genuine Raphael, but it was later attributed to Innocenzo da Imola.

After careful cleaning and conservation work, experts now think that the painting is ‘probably’ by Raphael, one of the Italian Renaissance’s superstars.

Staff and volunteers at the Aberdeenshire house are enjoying sharing the painting with the public which has attracted hundreds of new visitors to Haddo House over the last few weeks, showcasing the National Trust for Scotland’s part inconserving and promoting Scotland’s heritage.