Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Italian Masterpieces from the Prado

The exhibition at the National Gallery covers three centuries of Italian art, from the Prado's collection.    Of course, Europe was a different place in those days, with Spanish rule extending at times into parts of what is now Italy.

Titian, Salome with the Head of John the Baptist
I can't claim to know a lot about Renaissance art, but I certainly enjoyed the exhibition, in fact more than I expected.  It covers three centuries from Raphael onwards.
The captions are comprehesive, describing both the individual pictures as well as the various themes.
Raphael, Holy Family with St John

We attended on the Sunday afternoon of the long weekend, so of course there were a lot of people present.  Even so, it was not over-crowded, but we were glad we'd pre-purchased tickets as there was a long, slow-moving queue to buy them on the spot (this had eased off later in the afternoon).

However, with tickets in hand, there were no delays at the entrance at all.  If you think you may wish to return, ask for a pass-out as you exit into the shop.

Also, on display, just off the lobby, was also a special exhibition of William Blake's works, although mostly etchings.

And, if you go, allow a few minutes to admire the bears in the lobby area.  Kitsch, yes, but amusing.

1 comment:

  1. We're looking to seeing this exhibition, which will complete a trilogy. In 2000, too long to remember much, we visited the real thing in Madrid. Then in 2012 we went to Brisbane for their quite different blockbuster from this one, and better if the Oz review is to be believed. However I shall measure this exhibition against the NGV one that really knocked me out: 19-20th century European Masters from Städel Frankfurt in 2010.