'The World Turn'd Upside Down' at Frieze Masters 2015

'The World Turn'd Upside Down' by German School, early 18th century

Following a successful debut in 2014, The Weiss Gallery - leading dealer in Tudor, Stuart and North European Old Master portraiture - is delighted to return to Frieze Masters this year, from 14-18 October 2015. The World Turn’d Upside Down is one of the extraordinary pieces The Weiss Gallery will bring to Frieze Masters. This early eighteenth-century painting depicts a world where traditional order is subverted; the heavens are found on earth and earth becomes heaven. It is, quite literally the world ‘turn’d upside down’.

The Weiss Gallery will bring a number of other artworks to Frieze Masters, namely: a portrait of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger and a rare period portrait of Henry VIII. Dr. Pamela Tudor-Craig has suggested that this striking early portrait of Henry VIII, indeed one of the very earliest portraits of Henry as King, dated 1527, was most likely part of a set of the great monarchs of the early sixteenth century. The gallery’s portrait is rare as one of only seven surviving panel portraits of Henry that are known from the first decade of his reign.

Over the past decades, The Weiss Gallery has made many notable sales, which now grace distinguished private and public painting collections around the world. At Frieze Masters last year, the gallery sold The Last Supper, a monumental masterpiece by Pieter Jansz Pourbus, to a new buyer; the painting had an asking price of £650,000.

'Henry VIII (1491 – 1547)' by Anglo-Flemish School, 1527
'Henry VIII (1491 – 1547)' by Anglo-Flemish School, 1527
  • 'Henry VIII (1491 – 1547)' by Anglo-Flemish School, 1527
  • 'Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1565 – 1601)' by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger (1561 – 1635)