And The Winner Is… Pt. 2

3 Nov

Hello!

Several days ago you all voted in the second round of ‘Send Claire Somewhere’ and the winner was The National Gallery (although Kensington Gardens came in at a close second)!

Here are my pictures from my adventure to the Gallery! I brought my camera along, and once I got there I asked one of the staff if there was any photography allowed. She told me no, but she obviously took pity on me so she gave me one of the £1 guides for free!

The National Gallery is massive.. You think you’ve reached the end of the hallway and suddenly there’s five more rooms off of the room you’re currently in! There is such a diverse range of art there as well, from Rembrants and Renoirs to Rousseaus. It is really an incredible place, even the interior of the museum itself is beautiful.

I discovered the works of Venetian painter Pietro Longhi, the Gallery had about five pieces by him. Sadly, I had never even heard of him before but I really enjoyed his art like The rhino and Fainting.

They had a new acquisition by Monet, Waterlillies at Sunset,  that I was completely taken with, despite not being a very big fan of a lot of his later work. I also really liked The Beach at Trouville, which was apparently painted right on the beach rather than the studio because you can see grands of sand and shell embedded in the paint! I also really loved Jan van Os’ Fruit and Flowers in a Terracotta Vase as well as Murillo’s Heavenly and Earthly Trinities and The Infant St. John with the Lamb.

Although I couldn’t take pictures inside of the Gallery, I did take a few at Trafalgar Square (the doorstep to the collection) and of the nearby church, St. Martin-in-the-Field. I got to step into the church, and sat in on a wonderful little choir rehearsal — but they did ask that no photos be taken during the rehearsal so I just tried to take a quick shot of the exterior!

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Pictures from Bath will be up next! Thanks for reading!

Cheers,
Claire

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