The Beaney exhibits major work by Manet

Date Posted: 26/10/2013

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury has been selected by the National Gallery as the opening venue to host a three year Masterpiece Tour.

Showcasing Edouard Manet’s The Execution of Maximilian, the Masterpiece Tour is part of the National Gallery’s aim to promote the understanding, knowledge and appreciation of Old Master paintings.

Pupils visiting on a school trip can see Manet’s painting in the Beaney from 17th January 2014, where it will stay until 16th March.

The Execution of Maximilian was painted around 1867-68, and depicts the fatal moment when the Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian was captured by Mexican revolutionaries and executed alongside two of his generals in 1867.

The exhibition will present the painting alongside John Opie’s Murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and both paintings use life-size figures to draw the viewer into the action.

School trip organisers will find the Beaney is free to enter.

For further school trip information visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide