Haynes Galleries presents “The Lannie Neal Art Collection”
At the Belle Meade Shoppes in Nashville Through February, 2019

FRANKLIN— A select group of Old Master artworks from the Lannie Neal Art Collection is on view at the Belle Meade Shoppes in Nashville. The Lannie Neal Art Collection is made up of the personal collection of Nashville-based interior designer Lannie Neal. His collection is diverse with modern and contemporary paintings alongside rare and exquisite objets d’art. However a significant portion of the collection are Old Masters works— paintings, drawings, and prints— from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. These works are on view through the end of February at the Belle Meade Shoppes at 5133 Harding Pike. All pieces are beautifully framed and matted to augment the artwork.

Over the last several decades, Neal has worked extensively with some of the most distinguished and discerning clientele in Nashville and the surrounding areas. Known for his impeccable, sophisticated taste, Neal has transformed homes through decor but also through art.

With a extensive client base Neal always kept a large inventory of fine art goods. Individual pieces were acquired during regular trips to Europe, particularly Italy and France. He would wander the shops and markets of the some of the world’s most historic cities picking out exemplary paintings, drawings, and historical items.

While the artwork was nearly always intended for a future client back home, Neal looked for artwork that appealed to his own aesthetic and style. Working mostly on instinct, Neal amassed an impressive collection saying “I would buy things that caught my eye as I went.”

The foundation of Neal’s collection is an Old World dream. Delicate pen & ink drawings of classical and religious scenes, careful studies of anatomy, painted portraits of long-forgotten nobles, etchings of picturesque ancient ruins are just some of the highlights. Viewing these works is like taking a stroll through several of European art history’s most notable styles including Neoclassicism and Romanticism.

The Belle Meade Shoppes are located in The Belle Meade Galleria Shopping Center, 5133 Harding Road, A4, Nashville. Hours are 10 am until 5 pm, Monday through Saturday. Call (615) 356-3313 for more information.