I usually run with a theme. I am taking you on another outing this week. Our National Gallery is free - unless you want to go to a special exhibition. Last week we went back to the gallery for the first time in far too long.
We went to see an exhibition brought to us from the National Gallery in London - Botticelli to Van Gogh. Covid 19 meant that it was a ticketed, time and numbers limited event. So we booked in and headed off.
Mary Magdalene by Giovanni Girolamo Savoidi. How I admire the skill with which he depicted that flowing robe...
The Annunciation with Saint Emidus by Carlo Crivelli. My ignorant self had not heard of the painter, and knows nothing about the Annunciation or Saint Emidus.
Portrait of a woman with a fan - by Frans Hals. She looks very comfortably off doesn't she?
The Infant Saint John with the lamb by Bartolome Esteban Murillo. You can just about feel the softness of the lamb's wool can't you?
And this was the ONLY Vincent Van Gogh in the exhibition. He apparently painted four versions of this now famous work - and this was the only one that he liked enough to sign.
A vase of flowers by Paul Gaugin. Yet another I cannot remember seeing before. I am so grateful for the generosity of the London National Gallery in sharing these works.
The water lily pond by Claude Monet. One of my sisters in law has visited his garden - which fills me with envy.
Some of the paintings I loved and others were not to my taste. It isn't the best exhibition I have seen at the National Gallery but I am very, very glad we went.
I was tired and brain dead by the time we had gone through this small area of the gallery but I am also going to show you some of the works we caught sight of on our way in.
These were part of a display which focused on Remembering. Kathy Temin's memories might be soft, cuddly and comforting but some of mine are not.
Finishing with a charming advertisement for the exhibition we went to see.
As always I picked up some bookmarks and a couple of cards in the gift shop as we went through it. If you would like any of them let me know (and which one you would like). First in, best dressed, and please send me your address if I don't already have it.