|National Gallery in the November Sun|
Well last Tuesday was the final visit to London's National Gallery for the rather excellent 2017 CityLit Course, Looking at Paintings (still two more lessons to go but at Tate Modern and Britain).
Having visited the 'Genre's as proscribed by the French Academy it was bit of a 'mop up' of works looking at the truly impressive Ambassadors by Holbein (complete with its own Memento Mori skull), the satisfying Kitchen Scene with Christ in the House of Martha and Mary by Diego Velasquez (nice how this connected with last week's painting of 'Fire' by Joachim Beuckelear ).
|Paolo Veronese's 'Four Allegories of Love|
|So much to see|
Amongst the Paintings we'd not captured so far were The Ambassadors (Holbein) was the most impressive, we also spent time looking at Paolo Veronese's 'Four Allegories of Love' which I wasn't too sure about.
The painting is not helped by the deterioration of the smalt and for me it would be good to see them all as they should have been exhibited (high on a ceiling).
|Animals -Stubbs's WhsitleJacket|
|Also good to see Martha and Mary having a sulk - Velasquez|
We were also interested in Animals and Stubbs's Whistlejacket from 1762 - oddly this painting doesn't look at all dated (perhaps because of the lack of background or other objects/people save for the horse) - Although the fashion was to show jsut the animal I can't help but wonder if it's finished.
George Stubbs was born in Liverpool and lived to the ripe old age of 81.
We took a look too at the floor mosaics at the Gallery entrance (not strictly paintings!) they are by the Russian born Artist and Poet Boris Anrep, the mosaics show 'The Labours of Life, The Pleasures of Life, The Awakening of the Muses and The Modern Virtues'.
|One of Anrep's mosaics|