|Forecourt of National Gallery|
After looking in at Somerset House I went along to The National Gallery and it was busy - but still worth braving the crowds.
A few things I managed to spend some time looking at included major works by Caravaggio (actually to give him his full/correct name Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio ) :
The Supper of Emmaus (1601)
and two paintings by Guercino (who I learnt a little about from hearing the funny man actor Kenneth Williams talking on an old radio programme about him- his real name was Giovanni Francesco Barbieri the name 'Guercino' is a nickname that refers to his squint ).
The incredulity of St. Thomas (1621)
Elijah fed by Raven (1510)
I had looked at religiously inspired works and hoped to detect within them some humour or irony but must say I was disappointed, I was not though disappointed by the craft of Guercino.
I also liked The Mantelpiece by French Artist Edouard Vuillard (new to me) a stylised work 'The Earthenware Pot' *(reminded me of Klimt) and the painting by him that had been split into two as The Garden and The Lunch - interesting to learn of how/why he did this and find that he was alive until 1940 .
Outside the Gallery performers and 'Chancers' abound - this guy though could play the guitar:
|Play that guitar|