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Harley Gallery shows Michelangelo, Van Dyck and Stubbs works

Madonna del Silenzio, c. 1538, Michelangelo Buonarroti (detail) Image copyright The Harley Gallery
Image caption Michelangelo's Madonna del Silenzio dates from 1538

A Michelangelo work that has not been shown in public for 50 years has gone on permanent display at the new Harley Gallery in Nottinghamshire.

The Madonna del Silenzio (Madonna of Silence), created in 1538, is part of the Cavendish-Bentinck family's Portland Collection.

The gallery, on the family's Welbeck Estate near Sherwood Forest, also has works by Van Dyck and George Stubbs.

A pearl earring worn by Charles I at his execution has also gone on show.

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Image caption The gallery includes family portraits, including one of the 3rd Duke of Portland by George Stubbs
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Image caption The earring worn by Charles I at his execution is on show
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Image caption Miniatures by 16th Century portrait painter Nicholas Hilliard include one of Mary Queen of Scots
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Image caption The building, which features a Long Gallery, has been shortlisted for a RIBA award

The current head of the family and grandson of the 7th Duke of Portland, William Parente, said the collection had been "painstakingly assembled over the last 400 years or so".

"These things are our history; each generation learns from them and adds to them if they can.

"But they are also part of our collective history as people; they chart the way people, places, tastes and society have changed - everyone should be able to enjoy them."

Alongside the painted masterpieces, the 800 sq m gallery also houses miniatures by Nicholas Hilliard and Christian Friedrich Zincke, Meissen porcelain and jewellery by Cartier.

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Image caption A work by Anthony Van Dyck shows Charles II as a child
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Image caption The Portland Tiara was worn by Winifred, Duchess of Portland, to Edward VII's coronation
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Image caption William Parente said the collection had been "painstakingly assembled over the last 400 years or so"

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